O'Hare workers arrested in alleged fake ID scheme

Federal and local law enforcement agents raided several warehouses Wednesday at O'Hare International Airport and arrested 24 workers who were allegedly in the country illegally and using phony security badges for jobs on the tarmac, cargo areas and...


The arrests inside the airport warehouses and at the homes of some of the defendants echoed a 2002 federal crackdown at O'Hare in which 15 of the 25 workers arrested were found to be illegal immigrants.

Among the restaurant workers, airplane custodians and baggage handlers caught in that raid was Elvira Arellano, who went on to become a well-known activist after she took refuge inside a Humboldt Park church for more than a year and then was deported.

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Tribune staff reporter Vanessa Bauza contributed to this report.

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