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Nine roofers arrested on immigration charges

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HIAWATHA (KWWL) -

Federal immigration officials say nine roofers have been arrested in Hiawatha for being in the country illegally.

The roofers were arrested Wednesday morning, after they had removed about 80% of the shingles from a house.

Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials say the workers are from Mexico and are now in custody.

The workers were employed by a subcontractor for Eastern Iowa Construction. Company president Jeremy Bleeker says his business went through an ICE inspection nine months ago and received a clean record. He says the arrests "came out of the blue."

ICE officials say if the workers can't provide the correct documentation, Bleeker could be held liable.

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