January 31, 2008, - 3:16 pm

National Security Problem?: 100 Nepalese Workers Disappear Into American Abyss

By Debbie Schlussel
Where are 100 missing Nepalese workers who came here on visas to work at an Alabama DVD company? They suddenly just disappeared, just like the 11 missing Egyptian students did a couple of years ago. About 5%of the Nepalese population is Muslim.
Is DVD production one of those jobs “Americans just won’t do”? And why is it that 100 foreign aliens can just disappear en masse? I can, at least answer the second question. We simply don’t track or keep an eye on visa holding aliens in this country. It’s a true national security risk. Yet, The ICE Princess, Immigration and Customs Enforcement chieftess Julie L. Myers, is focusing on scant roundups of employee in worksite enforcement matters.
And that’s why we get stories like this (thanks to reader Matt for the tip). ICE agents are now looking for them. But ICE agents need to be allowed to be proactive, NOT simply reactive:

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – About 100 people who came from Nepal to work at a north Alabama factory seemingly vanished from a pair of apartment buildings, along with a lot of furniture and appliances, and can’t be located, officials said Tuesday.
Immigration agents are trying to determine what happened to the Nepalese workers, among hundreds brought to the United States to work at a DVD factory operated by Cinram Inc., said Lauren Bethune, a spokeswoman for the Alabama Department of Homeland Security.
“We do not in any way consider it a security threat, but we do think it is important,” she said.
A Huntsville television station, WAAY-TV, first reported on the missing workers.
Cinram’s human resources director, Peter Hassler, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment. But a spokesman for a company that recruited the workers for Cinram said a contact in Nepal believes many of them have returned home. [DS: Fat chance.] . . .
Mary and Tim Snopl told the TV station they rented apartments in two buildings last fall to about 240 workers from Nepal. But Mary Snopl said scores of the workers are now missing, along with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of furniture, televisions and kitchenware.
“I don’t know if they’re living in Huntsville or somewhere else, I just know they aren’t living with us and they aren’t working at Cinram,” she said.
Wilson said his company was seeking a list of items believed to be missing.
Reports last fall said Cinram had hired about 1,350 foreign workers to package DVDs at its plant in Huntsville. Cinram – which describes itself as the world’s largest maker of pre-recorded multimedia products – said it turned to foreign workers because the area job market couldn’t fill its needs.
Bethune said about 100 immigrants were believed to be missing. Agents are trying to determine exactly what type of visas they used to enter the United States.
“It’s possible that they had work visas, they expired, and they went home,” she said. [DS: Again, FAT. CHANCE.]
The workers can earn $8 an hour working 12-hour shifts packing DVDs in boxes. Besides Nepal, Cinram has used foreign workers from Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Ukraine.

The problem is that it isn’t just these 100, it’s hundreds of thousands of workers around America on worker or student visas that have expired. They abscond into the great American abyss and most are never found.
Good luck, America. Forget Monday Night’s phony “State of the Union.” This is the real State of the Union.

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8 Responses

It looks like this country is just dying to have another 9/11 style disaster. Maybe the only thing that will wake up most Americans is an American Hiroshima.

FreethinkerNY on January 31, 2008 at 4:59 pm

How come this company did not get some of those folks left jobless by Katrina? I guess those Katrina folks are just too busy suing the Army Corp of Engineers for damages.

TheOmegaMan on February 1, 2008 at 5:38 am

Maybe the American Sherpa industry has woo’ed them away.

TheOmegaMan on February 1, 2008 at 5:40 am

Maybe, since they Nepalese, they’re trying to climb to the very top of the mountain of Bush and the Republican administration’s lies.

jeff on February 1, 2008 at 10:22 am

And to think this latest episode is only a mere tip of the “ICE”berg.
If only the public knew the whole story…

1shot1kill on February 1, 2008 at 2:06 pm

AGAIN,,, this is why Customs and Immigration should be two different agencies. Immigration issues need to be dealt with by one stand alone agency.
Or better yet, since the State Department issues the damn visas, let their employees go round them up….
You now have(ICE)1811’s around the country tied to their desk running name checks all day on worksite enforcement cases. Only to find out that after checking hundreds of names, that the only penalty these people get is a fine.
And to think that ICE is possibly going to push congress into giving ICE full Title 21 authority. HAHAHAHAHAHA

kcrat on February 1, 2008 at 3:25 pm

They’re probably here in Utah.
We’ve been getting a lot of illegals lately.

bhparkman on February 2, 2008 at 12:31 am

I think that the bigger point is being missed because we are worried about the possible problems with the workers being a terrorist threat. I myself have been looking for a job since june of last year and have noticed this trend in employers who want to only hire people who dont care that they comply with simple work rules like break taking and working on the clock. I have been told to my face that though my resume is impressive they feared I would not cooperate. So the hiring of the workers from Nepal does not suprise me as they would “cooperate” but I think the company got just what they deserved a lesson that slave labor can be costly!

ironmaiden442 on February 2, 2008 at 12:05 pm

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