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Another series of arrests at Bay Area airports has netted 25 workers with high security clearances.

Seventeen of the arrests were made at San Francisco International Airport, the rest at Mineta San Jose International.

Charges range from obtaining security badges with fake Social Security numbers and visas to lying on applications about serious felony convictions.

All the workers in custody had unescorted access to planes and runways while working as truck drivers, cargo or baggage handlers, janitors or security guards.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service says many of the workers were from Latin America, and at least one was from the Middle East.

Two have agreed to return to their home country, Mexico.

Deportation hearings will be held for the rest. More than 250 workers at 11 airports across the country have been arrested on immigration charges since the September 11th terror attacks.

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