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Disneyland seeks hiring hearing

Disneyland officials have asked for a hearing to dispute allegations it hired illegal immigrants and avoid paying nearly $ 395,000 in penalties to the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services.

The theme park issued the request Friday, just one day before a deadline to request a hearing or settle the case.

No hearing date has been scheduled, and talks between the two sides are continuing.

Disneyland officials were notified last month that the amusement park was being fined $ 394,840, one of the largest fines ever imposed by the INS.

INS investigators said Disneyland failed to properly fill out immigration forms that confirm work eligibility of employees. They accused the theme park of 1,156 paperwork violations.

Investigators said they also found about 150 employees with questionable work papers, mostly fake “green cards,” and counterfeit Social Security cards.

Despite the hefty fine, INS officials said there is no evidence that Disneyland intentionally hired undocumented workers.

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