Big news breaking as 147 people were arrested during a big raid that took place. This raid went after people working in businesses located in the Midwest and it targeted people who were specifically hiring illegal immigrants. But that wasn’t all. They also arrested people who were mistreating the illegal immigrants as well, going after people who basically acted inhumanely towards their workers.
Being in the country illegally is usually the target of many raids by ICE, but now they’re also focusing on the businesses that knowingly hire illegal immigrants and people who are treating the illegal immigrants poorly. They might be in the country illegally, but they are still human and deserve to be treated accordingly.
To make matters even worse, this raid went after people who were indicted for multiple other crimes as well. Those crimes included fraud and money laundering. Not only does the illegal immigration hurt Americans who are looking for jobs, but it constantly involves people breaking the law and that’s something that the government is trying to slow down. There’s a lot of people hurt when the violent illegal immigrants commit crimes.
One crime, for example, is when a child in Philadelphia was r-ped after an illegal alien was released back into the public because Philadelphia is a sanctuary city.
If ICE was allowed to do their job in Philadelphia years ago, then maybe that child would have been saved. The latest ICE raid is helping to stop crime and slow down the amount of lawbreaking going on.
Fox News provided more coverage on the ICE raid that nabbed 147 people in arrests. Fox News stated: “Arresting 147, a federal law enforcement operation — one of the largest in Homeland Security Investigations’ 15-year history — targeted Midwestern businesses that officials say knowingly hired — and mistreated — illegal immigrants.
The focus of the operation was 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,” Special Agent in Charge Tracy J. Cormier, HSI St. Paul, which oversees Nebraska and Minnesota, said.
The investigative arm of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement — Homeland Security Investigations — led the operation in Nebraska and Minnesota that saw about a dozen businesses and plants raided and 17 business owners and managers indicted for fraud, wire fraud and money laundering.
Of those, 14 were taken into custody Wednesday and three were still being sought. Authorities also arrested more than 130 workers at various businesses, busing them to Grand Island, Nebraska, to be questioned and processed.
“The job magnet in the United States is primarily what draws illegal aliens across our borders,” said Cormier in a statement posted to ICE’s website. “This HSI-led criminal investigation has shown that these targeted businesses were knowingly hiring illegal workers to unlawfully line their own pockets by cheating the workers, cheating the taxpayers, and cheating their business competitors.”
The businesses engaged in a scheme that used fraudulent names and Social Security numbers to employ people in the country illegally, she said. The businesses used “force, fraud, coercion, threat of arrest and/or deportation” to exploit the workers, Cormier said. The business that hired out the immigrants also forced the workers to cash their paychecks with that business for an exorbitant fee, officials said, and withheld taxes from workers’ pay without paying those taxes to the government.
“It kind of reminds us of the revival of the old ‘company store’ policy, where it used to keep the coal miners indebted to the company for all kinds of services … like check cashing,” she said.”