Saturday, October 25, 2003
Every night for months, Victor Zavala Jr., who was arrested on Thursday in a 21-state immigration raid, said he showed up at the Wal-Mart store in New Jersey to clean floors.
As the store's regular employees left at 11 p.m., Mr. Zavala said, they often asked him whether he ever got a night off.
Mr. Zavala, identified by federal agents as an illegal immigrant from Mexico, told the Wal-Mart workers that he and four others employed by a cleaning contractor worked at the Wal-Mart in Old Bridge every night of the year, except Christmas and New Year's Eve.
Now Mr. Zavala feels cheated, saying he worked as hard as he could pursuing the American dream, only to face an immigration hearing that could lead to deportation for himself, his wife, Eunice, and their three children, 10, 7 and 5 years old. He was one of 250 janitors employed by Wal-Mart contractors who were arrested at 60 Wal-Mart stores before dawn on Thursday...
...Federal officials said that as part of the Thursday raid, they searched the office of a middle-level manager at Wal-Mart's headquarters in Bentonville, Ark. The officials said the government believed that Wal-Mart executives knew the cleaning contractors were using illegal immigrants.
Heyo. Just continuing to evilly chuckle as Wal-Mart gets chipped away from the bottom. The nice thing about having an overbearing, facist government is that they tend to do everything they can to take apart power structures that they percieve as being a threat. Meanwhile, mouthy subversive whiners like me get pretty much ignored. And that's just the way I like it.
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