by allegations it knew contract cleaning services used illegal workers,
Wal-Mart Stores in Bentonville, AR, said it would review all its
workers and fire any that aren't legally employed, according to
week, agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested
245 illegal workers — 28 of them in Arkansas — at 61 Wal-Mart stores
across the country. The arrests have stirred anew the debate over
arrested were members of cleaning crews the company hired through
a contractor. All were in the country illegally, said a federal
official. The arrests occurred as the workers were finishing their
night shift at stores in 21 states.
officials said the largest single group out of those arrested included
90 Mexican nationals. The second largest was from the Czech Republic
(35), followed by Mongolia (22) and Brazil (20).
law enforcement officials said the investigation grew out of earlier
raids in 1998 and 2001 when about 100 illegal immigrants were arrested
working at Wal-Mart stores in Missouri, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
These officials said that after those arrests, 13 Wal-Mart cleaning
contractors pleaded guilty to knowingly employing illegal immigrants.
on recordings of meetings and conversations among Wal-Mart executives,
managers and contractors, the law enforcement officials said, "various
immigration violations had continued to occur with direct knowledge
by the Wal-Mart Corp."