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Israeli vendors in Houston facing deportation

(JTA) — More than a dozen Israeli salesmen working at two shopping malls in Texas are facing deportation for overstaying their visas.

Federal agents in raids on the Galleria and Woodland malls in Houston near closing time on Jan. 23 arrested 13 Israelis and one Moldovan suspected of staying illegally in the country, the Houston Chronicle reported.

The detainees, who sold Dead Sea products and scented soaps at kiosks, are being held until the investigation is completed.

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