Break the law, pay the price… This plant has been busted before and paid a small fine they need to be shut down.
ICE made the most arrests at a single worksite in more than a decade when they picked up 160 suspected undocumented employees at a trailer manufacturer in Texas. They were acting on a tip that the company had knowingly hired workers with fake documents.
Federal agents raided a northeast Texas manufacturing plant Tuesday and detained about 160 alleged undocumented immigrant workers as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into a company that makes vehicle trailers.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations office in Dallas said the operation was thought to be one of the largest of its kind nationally in a decade.
The raid was part of a criminal investigation into the Sumner-based company Load Trail for illegally employing foreign workers — a rare enforcement move reserved for repeat violators.
Katrina Berger, special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations office in Dallas, said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference that while the primary focus was the criminal investigation, “We can’t turn a blind eye to those illegal workers.”
Berger said the message for other employers who engage in illegal hiring is: “We’re watching. And we’re coming.”
Sumner is an unincorporated community of fewer than 100 residents about 100 miles northeast of downtown Dallas and 12 miles west of Paris.
Load Trail representatives couldn’t be reached for comment.
Load Trail began as a family-owned business in 1996 and has grown to employ more than 500 people on its 100-acre site, according to the company’s website.
The company paid a $445,000 fine in 2014 for hiring undocumented immigrants to work in its plant, according to an ICE report. “The company employed more than 179 unauthorized workers” at the time, the report said.
Dennis Perry, a $16-an-hour Load Trail factory worker, said armed agents came in from “every corner” right after his break in the first shift. “They just came and raided from every entrance there was.”
Then, he said, “they drew their guns and told everyone to hit the ground.”
Some workers went running. They were tackled, Perry said. A few workers hid by shelves but were quickly discovered. All were searched for weapons and drugs, Perry said. More
A witness of the raid said the ICE agents who raided the plant were armed and surrounded the area from everywhere. ICE Arrests 160 Undocumented Workers In Massive Workplace Raid https://t.co/GDEpje3Pqv pic.twitter.com/kncQ5l2vlx
— Deplorable News (@DeplorableNews) August 30, 2018
Why didn’t they arrest people that hired them? The employers of these illegals must have their assets seized and liquidated in addition to facing hard prison time because this is not the first time they’ve been busted.
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