Michigan Oil Spill Workers Detained In Texas

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Forty-two suspected illegal immigrants have been detained in Texas after returning from an oil spill cleanup job in Michigan.

The Beaumont Enterprise reported that deputies responded to two charter buses blocking a street Wednesday. Chambers County Sheriff Joe LaRive says about 100 workers who had been on the buses fled at the sight of authorities. Workers who couldn’t provide U.S. residency papers were detained.

Authorities said the bus driver told them the men were coming home after working on the Kalamazoo River oil spill site.

An Enbridge Inc. spokeswoman tells The Associated Press that the subcontractor that hired the workers was dropped from the cleanup project this week. Enbridge said it had no official confirmation that the workers detained in Texas were connected to the cleanup.
  
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