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Published May 20, 2010, 05:35 PM

Border Patrol detains 32 farm laborers in Oakes, N.D.

The U.S. Border Patrol detained 32 farm laborers in Oakes, N.D., Wednesday after they confessed they were in the country illegally, a Border Patrol spokesman said.

By: The Forum,

OAKES, N.D. - The U.S. Border Patrol detained 32 farm laborers in Oakes, N.D., Wednesday after they confessed they were in the country illegally, a Border Patrol spokesman said.

The detentions took place after the Oakes Police Department made a traffic stop last Friday and asked the Border Patrol for help with translating from Spanish.

“Our border agents questioned the subjects and discovered these individuals were here illegally,” said Brent Everson, a supervisory Border Patrol agent based in Grand Forks.

At least some of the men were Mexican nationals, Everson said.

The men arrived in town roughly two weeks ago to help plant onions at Four Star Ag, a farm outside of Oakes, owner Barry Vculek said. He lined up the workers through a labor contractor in Oregon.

“I was under the impression they were U.S. citizens,” he said.

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead and the Herald are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.

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