Digital Media Center
Bryant-Denny Stadium, Gate 61
920 Paul Bryant Drive
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0370
(800) 654-4262

© 2024 Alabama Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Subcontractor Denies Report that INS Agents Hold Workers

By Alabama Public Radio

New Orleans, LA – Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu's office says there may be more than 100 workers involved. They were detained Wednesday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. They had been setting up a tent city at a Navy base just outside New Orleans. The Birmingham-based subcontractor, B-E-and-K, was awarded the work by Halliburton, which won contracts after Katrina to repair several military bases in the Gulf Coast region. A B-E-and-K spokeswoman says immigration officials descended on the work site, but she denies that any of its employees were detained. She says all the company's workers have valid work documents and that only about three of the 150 workers at the Navy base are green-card holders.

News from Alabama Public Radio is a public service in association with the University of Alabama. We depend on your help to keep our programming on the air and online. Please consider supporting the news you rely on with a donation today. Every contribution, no matter the size, propels our vital coverage. Thank you.