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The State

October 08, 1987

A Santa Ana furniture manufacturing company's claim that it had complied with the new immigration law by obtaining documentation from 107 arrested employees was a "smokescreen," said Harold W. Ezell, regional Immigration and Naturalization Service commissioner. He said the firm, B.P. John, had been hiring illegal aliens for a long time and refused to permit INS agents to enter the plant, prompting a search warrant and a raid. It was the largest raid since passage of the new law. B.P. John personnel director Charles Miller said the company had obtained required documentation from every employee arrested and accused INS of "mocking the law they asked be written."

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