Language teachers arrested at U.S. military base
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two Indonesians and a Senegalese who
worked as foreign language instructors for elite U.S. special
operations troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, have been
arrested on immigration charges, authorities said on Wednesday.
The Army said the three worked at the John F. Kennedy
Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg. Sgt. Joseph
Healy, a spokesman for Army Special Operations Command, said
the three had a purely academic role and “were not exposed to
any Army special operations tactics techniques or procedures.”
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said the
arrests were part of an effort to remove illegal immigrants
working at sensitive U.S. sites and critical infrastructure
locations such as airports, seaports, nuclear plants, chemical
plants and military bases.
ICE agents on Tuesday arrested Indonesians Nurkis Qadariah,
34, and Sayf Rimal, 37, and charged them with possessing and
using false immigration documents and making false statements,
the agency said.
They were contractors working for BIB Consultants Inc., a
Florida-based company that provides language instructors to
U.S. Special Forces and other military personnel at Fort Bragg.
Criminal complaints filed against them said they used
counterfeit Resident Alien cards and falsely claimed they were
lawful U.S. permanent residents to get work with BIB.
Authorities said there were pending deportation proceedings
against Qadariah and Rimal in New York.
ICE agents also arrested Senegalese Ousmane Moreau, 38, as
part of the same investigation and charged him with being in
the United States illegally, which will lead to proceedings to
remove him from the country, the agency said.
“Unauthorized workers who use fraudulent documents to gain
work at sensitive U.S. military installations pose a serious
homeland security threat,” Jeff Jordan, the agency’s assistant
special agent-in-charge in Charlotte, North Carolina, said in a
“Not only are their identities in question, but they are
also vulnerable to potential exploitation by terrorists and
other criminals given their illegal status in this country,”
Jordan said. “Furthermore, these individuals have access to
some of the most sensitive work sites in the nation.”
Authorities said the arrests stemmed from an investigation
by ICE, the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the Army
Criminal Investigation Command and Fort Bragg security