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Shaw security prevents unauthorized entry

Release Number: 010710

At approximately 6:30 a.m. yesterday, a civilian sub-contractor attempted to bring a group of workers on base, headed for one of many of Shaw's construction projects.

At the main gate, Airmen from the 20th Security Forces Squadron noted some of the people presented improper identification, therefore they were refused entry.

During the security verification process, security forces discovered a lack of documentation resulting in a decision to call civilian law enforcement.

The Sumter Police Department was contacted, who then notified U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Agents from ICE detained 25 of the individuals.

"This was great police work," said Maj. Mark Walsh, 20th SFS commander. "Our Airmen did what they are supposed to do. There was no breach of Shaw's security. Throughout the situation, our security forces acted correctly and decisively."

The sub-contractor has been identified as Palacio Drywall of Cornelius, N.C.
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For more information about Shaw AFB, contact the 20th Fighter Wing public affairs office at 803-895-2019. For other questions, ICE can be reached at 504-310-8887; the office coordinating the construction project, Sue Brink at 904-251-4219; and Sumter Police Department at 803-436-2700.