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Immigration officials call fake OSHA stings a 'mistake'

(Washington-AP) March 29, 2006 - The Bush administration says using fake health and safety workshops to snag illegal immigrants was a "mistake" that won't be repeated.

Forty-nine illegal immigrants were arrested in North Carolina last year, when immigration officers used a flier to lure them to what was billed as a mandatory OSHA meeting for Johnson Air Base workers.

In a letter to the United Food and Commercial Workers union, Homeland Security official Marcy Forman says the agency has stopped using the stings to round up illegal immigrants.

A spokesman for immigration enforcers says the stings weren't coordinated with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and should not have happened.

The suspects were contract workers and laborers like carpenters who had no access to secure areas.

Posted 5:19pm by Bryce Mursch

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