Governor Says State Contractor Hired Illegal Immigrants

MARCH 7, 2007 - Posted at 8:04 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Governor Blunt says dozens of suspected illegal immigrants working for a state janitorial contractor have been detained.

Blunt says the employees worked for Sam's Janitorial Services. The Oklahoma-based company had nine contracts to perform custodial work in Jefferson City, Columbia and Kansas City.

The governor says he has barred the company from doing any further business with the state.

Blunt says the state's housekeeping manager first noticed inconsistencies in work documents and tipped off Capitol Police.

A two-month investigation culminated tonight when the U-S Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and local law enforcement detained the suspected illegal workers as they arrived for their shifts.

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