Feds arrest 21 illegal immigrants at Maui construction site

LAHAINA, Maui (KHNL) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 21 illegal immigrant workers Monday morning at the Honua Kai construction site on Maui.

The workers, twelve from Mexico, eight from Brazil and one from Solvakia, were taken into custody.  All have been placed in immigration removal proceedings.

The arrest was the second time in about a month that ICE agents encountered illegal immigrants at Honua Kai.

"I am deeply troubled by what seems to be the same companies repeatedly employing undocumented workers in our State," said U.S. Attorney Ed Kubo.  "I know they feel that they can just plead ignorance about the status of their empoyees.  But, I strongly advise them to think again, because if there is enough evidence, we will aggressively pursue all available remedies to address this issue."

On August 20, agents arrested 23 immigrants from three different companies, including 13 from Global Stone.