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Published May 20, 2010, 08:07 AM

Illegal laborers detained in Oakes

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says it detained 32 male farm laborers in Oakes after the workers acknowledged they were in the country illegally.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol says it detained 32 male farm laborers in Oakes after the workers acknowledged they were in the country illegally.

The men were detained on Wednesday, after Oakes police made a traffic stop on May 14 and asked the Border Patrol for help with Spanish translation.

Border Patrol agent Brent Everson says some of the men were Mexican nationals.

The men were working at Four Star Ag. Owner Barry Vculek tells us they were hired by a labor contractor out of Oregon and none was his employee.

Vculek says they are now shut down and scrambling to look for replacement workers.

He says the men will remain in detention and will be placed in removal proceedings.

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