Louisiana agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement verified the immigration statuses of many contractors and workers hired by BP to help cleanup the oil spill. You could argue this impeded the cleanup in a way. Verifying papers and visas of response workers in the midst of the crisis – disrupting work days and cleanup efforts – didn’t exactly help.
BP also fired local workers for wearing their own respirators and saftey equipment. They rejected as many as 8,000 highly qualified volunteers, according to reports.
As for the federal response, local officials appealed to the White House for help, but Obama has been criticized for a slow response to the crisis. It was 50 days before he met with BP executives to discuss the issue.
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