Oklahoma Wal-Marts included in government sting

Thursday, October 23rd 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Washington-AP) -- At least two Wal-Marts in Oklahoma are among the 61 nationwide where federal officials arrested more than 300 alleged illegal immigrants.

Federal officials say a Wal-Mart Supercenter in Oklahoma City and a Wal-Mart in Edmond are among those where the arrests were made.

A spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Dallas says ten people were arrested in Oklahoma.

Government agents made arrests at Wal-Mart stores in 21 states early today. Officials also searched the Arkansas office of a Wal-Mart executive.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Mona Williams says the workers were all on cleaning crews hired by outside contractors, not Wal-Mart associates.

Any employer who knowingly hires illegal immigrants can face civil or criminal penalties.