officials claim Wal-Mart officials knew of immigration violations
before federal agents raided the company’s headquarters and 60
of its stores Oct. 23, arresting more than 300 illegal workers, The Associated Press reported.
workers were members of cleaning crews hired by outside contractors,
but unidentified federal law enforcement officials said Wal-Mart
knew of the violations. They cited recordings of meetings and
conversations among Wal-Mart executives, managers and contractors.
have seen no evidence of this from the INS, and, if that turns
out to be true, we will cooperate fully with law-enforcement officials,"
Wal-Mart spokeswoman Mona Williams said.
workers were arrested as they finished their night shifts at Wal-Mart
stores in 21 states. Agents also hauled away several boxes of
documents from an executive's office at Wal-Mart headquarters
employer can face civil and criminal penalties for knowingly hiring
illegal immigrants or failing to comply with certain employee