NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - A dozen workers for private contractors at Camp Robinson, the headquarters post for the Arkansas National Guard, have been arrested by federal agents on immigration law charges. The federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency announced yesterday's arrests in a news release.
ICE said those arrested at the facility in North Little Rock worked for two different companies, a dining-facility contractor and a landscaping service. The agency said all twelve were Mexican nationals in this country illegally, and deportation proceedings will be started against them. Those arrested included nine men, two women and one juvenile male.
The release said the investigation that led to the arrests was part of ICE's ongoing efforts to target illegal workers with access to critical infrastructure worksites around the country. Such sites include military bases, nuclear plants, airports and seaports. The agency said, however, that there was no evidence that any of those arrested had terrorist ties.