WTOP’s Neal Augentstein reports that a immigration raid at Washington’s Dulles airport turned up illegal aliens with access to the tarmac and secure areas of the airport, and in one case an alien with a security badge. Dulles International Airport was the point of organ of American Airlines Flight 77 that was flown into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.
DULLES, Va. (WTOP) — An immigration raid at Dulles International Airport resulted in 55 arrests on Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement says.
The people were doing contract work at a construction site, inside a secure area, where they would potentially have access to runways and airplanes.
…The agency says one of the workers had an airport security badge, that grants unescorted access to the airport tarmac.
ICE says allowing unauthorized workers into sensitive sites puts the nation’s infrastructure at risk.
The airport has been undergoing extensive renovation of its infield terminal areas over the past several years, with an underground passenger transport and rail system being built to replace the ‘people mover’ buses between the main terminal and the two infield terminals.
Update: I’m not sure if it’s related, but according to the AP U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have arrested nearly 2,100 illegal immigrants across the country in recent weeks. Operation Return to Sender is targeting child molesters, gang members and other violent criminals, as well as illegal aliens who have previously been deported.