When an illegal alien somehow is allowed to work in a nuclear power plant, protecting the safety of the public cannot be seen as a priority. Any wanna-be Osama could easily blackmail such a person with exposure if he didnâ€™t cooperate in a jihadist attack.
At the nationâ€™s biggest nuke plant, all thatâ€™s necessary for a worker with no identification to be admitted is that a known worker vouch for him. Weak.
Sheriff Arpaio: Illegal arrested at Palo Verde nuke plant , KTAR, July 15, 2011
PHOENIX â€” An illegal immigrant used a fake ID to get past security and entered the Palo Verde Nuclear plant west of Phoenix, according to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
â€?We have arrested an illegal alien who has penetrated and gone into the Palo Verde nuclear plant,â€? Arpaio said Thursday, adding that he is outraged at another example of the lack of security along the Arizona-Mexico border.
Cruz Loya Alvares was taken into custody by Sheriff Deputies Wednesday and interrogated by the Sheriffâ€™s Human Smuggling detectives.
Cruz admitted to deputies he has been in the U.S. for most of the past 15 years. He was detained and deported in 2000 but paid a coyote re-entry into the U.S.
Also, he was cited by Mesa Police last month for driving with a suspended license.
According to Sheriff Arpaio, Cruz tried to gain access to the Nuclear power plant on Monday but was denied entrance because his Mexican Driverâ€™s license was expired.
â€?To some extent security at this nuclear power plant worked,â€? Arpaio said in a released statement. â€?But still, an illegal immigrant was permitted to gain access to this facility. This raises the question: how safe is Palo Verde really if an illegal alien can gain access to this nationâ€™s largest nuclear power facility?
â€?This suggests to me that sadly, like our nationâ€™s borders, our most critical public utilities/installations are perhaps not nearly as safely guarded as they need to be.â€?
Two different people working in security at the power plant also told Sheriffâ€™s officials that drivers of contractorâ€™s vehicles can â€?vouchâ€? for the passengers if no identification documents are on hand at the time of entry.
â€?In post 9/11 times, â€?vouchingâ€? for employees who contractorâ€™s know little about is not good practice for a facility as critical as a nuclear power plant,â€? Arpaio added.
Jim McDonald with APS said the highly secured areas were properly protected.
â€?No question about the safety of the plant or of the public as a result of this,â€? he said. â€?Reactors, control rooms, any kind of vital system,â€? employees have to have extensive background checks to gain access.
Palo Verde is the nationâ€™s largest nuclear plant. It is 50 miles west of downtown Phoenix.