The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has
arrested 27 illegal aliens in Maryland, Illinois and Missouri who had valid
licenses to transport hazardous materials, state commercial driver’s licenses
or state driver’s licenses.
Of the 27, six of them were illegal aliens in Illinois who
had valid state CDLs with hazmat endorsements, according to an ICE news
release. A seventh was arrested and charged with falsely applying for a regular
The aliens came from Belize, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia and
the Philippines. They are currently in removal proceedings to be sent back to
their respective countries.
One of the busts involved an illegal alien in Maryland who
not only had a valid CDL, but also was using it to drive gasoline tanker trucks
for Exxon. The man, Mansoor Hassan, from Pakistan and has been charged with six
counts of falsifying his citizenship in order to get jobs with several
different gas companies.
As if that weren’t enough, Hassan had been ordered to leave
the United States in 1996, but was allowed to do so on his own. Not only did he
never leave, but Hassan was able to get a valid CDL from the state of Maryland.
Hassan is scheduled to appear in court on July 1.
The remainder of the busts were in Missouri, where 19
illegal aliens were picked up for allegedly fraudulently applying for Missouri
driver’s licenses by using legitimate birth certificates of U.S. citizens.
The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation by ICE that
has so far produced more than 100 arrests in Florida, Michigan and Maryland.
Making perhaps the understatement of the year, Elissa Brown,
special agent in charge of the ICE Chicago Office of Investigations, said in a
news release that the arrests have helped close a security vulnerability that
could have led to dire consequences.
“This is a national security issue,” she said. “Illegal
aliens should not have the freedom to transport hazardous materials throughout
the United States.”