ICE has conducted its second raid of the week at a critical infrastructure facility, this time at Dulles International Airport in Virginia where agents arrested 42 illegal aliens yesterday. Earlier in the week, an ICE raid at a military parachute company in North Carolina resulted in the arrest of 59 illegal aliens. Dulles was the target of a similar operation in 2006 that netted 55 illegal aliens.ICE interviewed more than 200 individuals to verify their identities, immigration status, and eligibility for lawful employment in the U.S., according to a related ICE press release. Most were working on construction projects at the airport. The arrestees are being detained under administrative immigration violations, although agents are still investigating whether criminal charges are warranted against the illegal aliens and their employers. Mark McGraw, the ICE Special Agent-in-Charge for Dulles operation, said there is no indication at this time that any of the arrestees were involved in terrorist activity. McGraw said their presence raises serious concerns, however, because “(w)e don't know who these people are and how they got here…It is crucial to ICE's homeland security mission to know who enters sensitive areas like airports, military bases and power plants to ensure the integrity of these key assets." ICE has made enforcement efforts at critical infrastructure sites a top priority. The goal of such operations is to reduce vulnerabilities at these facilities and prevent potential terrorist attacks. ICE agents have made more than 700 administrative arrests and 100 criminal arrests at critical infrastructure facilities thus far in FY 2008.
Updated: Wed, Jul 5th 2017 @ 2:32pm EDT