The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

26 March 2005

Red Faces At Logan Airport

Illegals Had Access To Terminal Areas

After Logan Airport's embarrassing role as a departure point for 9-11 terrorists, you'd think it would have the tightest security in the world. But it doesn't.

As the Boston Herald reports in Saturday editions, 14 suspected illegals have been rounded up, one with a outstanding felony warrant.

To me their country of origin is irrelevant. Illegals are illegals and at this point there's no excuse for any to be found at Logan. In this case they're from Brazil.

Note the airport's outrageous complicity in a scheme with a private contractor to sidestep normal procedures on documents and background checks, as reported in the Herald.

These revelations truly make one wonder how many other areas of lax security are yet to be discovered. It doesn't appear that Logan officials have changed much since 9-11.

(Boston Herald-O'Ryan Johnson)

In what amounts to the largest security breach at Logan International Airport since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, more than a dozen illegal immigrants with unfettered access to the terminal - and possibly beyond - were arrested at the airport yesterday, according to a source and federal officials.
The 14 Brazilian nationals - 12 men and women, and two juveniles - worked as airport janitors for Hurley of America, a company with offices in Stoneham, officials said. One of the men was wanted on a fugitive warrant for evading deportation.

State police and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested the aliens in a sweep early yesterday morning as part of an ongoing investigation by Homeland Security into an illegal worker scheme at Logan International Airport, said Jane Zuieback, spokeswoman for ICE.
In an arrangement with the airport, Hurley issued its own temporary security badges to employees, side-stepping checks on workers' documents and backgrounds, an immigration source said.

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