REPORT: Immigration Raids: Officials target U.S. businesses that hire, mistreat illegal aliens (VIDEO/PICTURES)
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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A large federal law enforcement operation conducted Wednesday targeted businesses in Nebraska and Minnesota that officials say knowingly hired — and mistreated — immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.
The investigative arm of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement — Homeland Security Investigations — led the operation that saw about a dozen businesses and plants raided and the arrests of 14 business owners and managers and more than 130 workers. Most of the arrests occurred in northern Nebraska and southern Minnesota. Several of the businesses were in O’Neill, Nebraska, a town of about 3,000 about 160 miles (260 kilometers) northwest of Omaha. Officials said they were still looking to take three owners or managers into custody as part of the operation.
The article goes on to state the following:
Special agent in charge Tracy Cormier described the operation as one of the largest in Homeland Security Investigations’ 15-year history.
“I would say the amount of criminal warrants that are being executed will be one of the largest for HSI,” she said. “I’m not aware of a bigger one.”
Between 350 and 400 federal, state and local law enforcement officers worked together on the arrests, she said.
The focus of the operation is unusual in that it targeted business operators for arrest. Most immigration raids have targeted workers suspected of being in the country illegally.
“The whole investigation was initiated, basically, because we knew that these businesses were cheating these workers and cheating taxpayers and cheating their competition,” Cormier said.
HAPPENING NOW: An apparent immigration raid at a tomato plant in O’Neill, Neb. in Holt County. ICE, the Nebraska State Patrol and the Department of Health and Human Services all responding. Live coverage now on News Channel Nebraska or https://t.co/MGqXuWpfqv. pic.twitter.com/gcuuimjCrK
— B-103 (@B103_FM) August 8, 2018
Attorneys volunteering to serve those affected by the ICE raid can contact us or @immigrantlc1 for training resources. We also encourage community members to report suspected civil rights violations to us, because the Constitution protects immigrants too. https://t.co/a2i6cyx9Sr
— ACLU of Nebraska (@ACLUofNE) August 8, 2018
“These are good people. These are solid families that are being torn apart right now.”
Community members are reeling in the wake of an immigration raid in O’Neill, Nebraska.https://t.co/riuQzFFvJC
— Omaha World-Herald (@OWHnews) August 8, 2018
Immigration raid is underway at businesses a Tomato processing plant in O’Neill, Nebraska https://t.co/InzDiuD2eG
— Janice Foster (@Janfos) August 8, 2018
Here’s a law enforcement tactic I’ve never seen — @ICEgov officials use a lift truck to look for people on roof of huge greenhouse in O’Neill, site of immigration raid today pic.twitter.com/iBa7dFxbIk
— Paul Hammel (@PaulHammelOWH) August 8, 2018
Federal immigration enforcement officers have surrounded a tomato greenhouse complex in O’Neill in an apparent bust of undocumented immigrants.https://t.co/yP1ZphuA5V
— Omaha World-Herald (@OWHnews) August 8, 2018
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