For the record this story does scare me and just goes to show how little security ID’s are really paid attention to. I have to use a picture ID to get into work everyday and it just depends on which security guard I walk past as to whether or not they’ll even pay attention. Sadly, this is the norm and really undermines the whole idea of security ID’s.
In this case I blame the employer first and foremost. It is this type of unsavory company that we need to shut down. How they thought this was ok, especially in post 9/11 US, amazes me. Though the illegal immigrants involved do have to share some responsibility for the crime here, I still believe all should be treated with compassion and dealt with accordingly. If this company had not offered them work then they wouldn’t have been caught up in this situation and it’s this type of company that’s causing the influx of illegal aliens in the first place.
O’Hare workers arrested in alleged fake ID scheme – Full Story
By Antonio Olivo and Jeff Coen, Tribune staff reporters
November 8, 2007
Federal and local law enforcement agents raided several warehouses Wednesday at O’Hare International Airport and arrested 24 workers who were allegedly in the country illegally and using phony security badges for jobs on the tarmac, cargo areas and other restricted zones.
Also arrested Wednesday in a probe federal authorities said “identified national security vulnerabilities” were two company managers at Ideal Staffing Solutions Inc., a temporary employment agency in Bensenville. The firm allegedly hired the workers and provided them with deactivated airport security badges that allowed them to work at O’Hare, immigration officials said. Ideal Staffing managers also knowingly allowed workers to lie about their identities on airport security applications, officials alleged. They said they’re still investigating whether there are more related security risks at the airport.
“Most of these workers loaded pallets, freight and meals for companies doing business at O’Hare,” including commercial airlines such as United Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Qantas Airways, said Elissa A. Brown, special agent-in-charge of the Chicago office for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.