Arrested school construction employees back at work in Unity
UNITY — Two Unity Elementary School project workers who were arrested last week for alleged immigration violations returned to the job site on Monday, said SAU No. 6 superintendent Middleton McGoodwin.
“I know that the individuals have been released and are back at work,” McGoodwin said.
The new school building is on target to be completed by the end of August, said Ron Bauer, executive vice president of Trumbull-Nelson, the firm in charge of the Unity school building project.
Bauer said he does not know the men arrested, but said, “It’s my understanding this is just a misunderstanding.”
There are up to 40 workers on the job site on a normal work day. About a dozen on site are his employees, Bauer said, the rest are employees from sub-contractors.
“We have anywhere from six to eight sub-contractors working there at any given time and they all have their own crews,” Bauer said. “And sometimes sub-contractors have their own sub-contractors working under them.”
McGoodwin said the men are employees of painting and plastering subcontractor House of Windsor in Georges Mills.
“Apparently there were some paperwork problems,” McGoodwin said. “My understanding is that is not the case at all.”
The House of Windsor is not commenting, an employee said Tuesday.
“All I know is Trumbull-Nelson spoke with the owner. The company has been doing work for Trumbull-Nelson for decades and the individuals were released and they went back on the Unity job site the following Monday,” McGoodwin said.
In the town of Washington July 3, the two workers were arrested after the vehicle they were traveling home in was stopped for an inspection sticker violation.
The driver and his four occupants were returning home from the Unity Elementary School construction project job site, Washington Police Chief Steven Marshall said last week.
The driver was charged with driving without a license.
Marshall said, brothers Erick Tinajero, 24, and Rolando Tinajero, 29, are Mexican nationals living in Manchester and were arrested on a DHS-ICE detainer for investigation to determine whether they are subject to removal from the United States.
They were held at the Sullivan County House of Corrections in Unity until they were released to ICE officials, Marshall said this week.
ICE officials have not yet released the status of the brother’s cases.