U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations Dallas conducted a large-scale worksite enforcement operation Wednesday leading to the administrative arrest of 284 illegal workers who worked for the company. Nationwide, the raid resulted in the largest number of administrative arrests in a single site since 2008.
According to ICE, the arrested workers were citizens of 15 countries: Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa, South Korea and Venezuela.
Additionally, HSI Dallas encountered 125 additional CVE employees who were determined to be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or they otherwise had legal status to work in the United States.
All those arrested were transported to ICE/ERO facilities to be processed for immigration removal.
Of the 284 illegal workers arrested, 110 were ordered detained; 174 were issued a notice to appear before a federal immigration judge and released on their own recognizance for humanitarian reasons pending an immigration court hearing. Of those who were ordered detained, nine had illegally re-entered the United States after having been previously deported; eight had already received final orders of removal. 51 males and 233 females were arrested.
Breakdown by number of arrests by nationality provided by ICE:
38 El Salvador
1 S Korea
1 South Africa
Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s