Wal Mart Says it Helped Government Investigate Illegal Aliens

December 19, 2003 - Posted at 9:34 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Wal-Mart says it was eagerly cooperating with federal investigators when agents conducted a surprise raid that rounded up more than 200 illegal workers at Wal-Mart stores in 21 states.

The Bentonville-based retailer says it even slowed a money-saving plan to move its floor cleaning in-house so it could better help the government investigate the use of alleged illegal workers by janitorial contractors.

The retailers says it is the target of a grand jury meeting in Pennsylvania.  The panel convened this month, following the raids in October, in which agents also searched Wal-Mart offices at its Bentonville headquarters.

Wal-Mart spokesman Mona Williams says that the company had been cooperating with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement investigators for three years and didn't think Wal-Mart was a target.  But, after the raids, the government told the company that agents weren't satisfied with Wal-Mart's level of cooperation.

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