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280 Face Deportation After Massive ICE Raid

Protests follow arrest of 'community members' in Allen, Texas
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2019 10:20 AM CDT
ICE agents conduct a raid in Dallas on March 6, 2015.   (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

(Newser) – Numerous complaints against a Texas tech refurbishment business have led to the arrest of more than 280 employees who will now be processed for deportation. "As far as immigration-related arrests, this is the largest ICE worksite operation at one site in the last 10 years," special agent Katrina Berger said Wednesday after search warrants were executed at CVE Technology Group Inc. in Allen, as well as four of CVE's staffing companies, per NBC News. Those arrested are accused of administrative immigration violations and working in the US illegally. An attorney for the group referred to them as "community members" and "families," per the Dallas News. One woman said her mother had "worked her entire life here" since moving from Mexico 25 years ago.

"All illegal aliens encountered will be fingerprinted and processed for removal," with cases of humanitarian release to be weighed following interviews, ICE said. It added that an audit of I-9 forms, sparking by multiple tips about the company with a receiving center in North Texas, "confirmed numerous hiring irregularities." "The numbers of the administrative arrests … hint at the significant scope of this investigation," which has lasted a year and is ongoing, Berger said. She added the nationalities and ages of the arrested parties weren't yet available. CVE Technology Group hasn't yet been charged, though the Dallas News lists possible offenses including alien harboring, alien smuggling, conspiracy, and money laundering. Protests in Allen and Dallas followed the raid, per NBC 5. (A "Dreamer" flight attendant was detained for five weeks.)

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