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Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Halliburton: Real American Heroes

Step off, GI Joe! Halliburton is taking over as the defenders of the American way in the wake of Katrina. How? By farming out reconstruction work to a company that fired union employees and replaced then with illegal aliens.

Federal officials are investigating how at least 10 undocumented immigrants performed hurricane reconstruction work at a naval base near New Orleans.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Jamie Zuieback said Sunday that the agency was asked to come to Belle Chasse Naval Air Station on Thursday by base officials. Zuieback said 10 workers were found who were not authorized to work in the United States. They were denied base access, and the agency is investigating "the circumstance surrounding their employment," she said.

Navy spokesman Lt. (j.g.) Sean Robertson said that 13 individuals had been barred from the base. Neither he nor Zuieback could explain the discrepancy between the numbers.

The action came amid growing complaints from area electricians who say they lost their jobs at the base to lower-wage workers.

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