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Local : 31 Illegal Aliens Arrested at LAX as INS Beefs Up Airport Surveillance

<i> From Times staff and wire service reports </i>

Federal immigration agents arrested 31 illegal aliens at Los Angeles International Airport overnight, bringing to more than 200 the number of people nabbed in a nationwide crackdown on high-altitude “people smuggling,” authorities said today.

The mass arrest was the fourth this week.

“We got 31 more heading out to various cities across the country, but we’re not stopping there,” said Ernest Gustafson, director of the Immigration and Naturalization Service’s Los Angeles District. “They (illegal aliens) can expect our agents out there at airports today, tonight and for the foreseeable future.

“This is part of our program to monitor all flights at LAX. I understand now that because of that they are building up at Las Vegas and Phoenix (airports).”

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