U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations division arrested nearly 300 illegal immigrants who were unlawfully employed by a north Texas company, according to an ICE press release.
What are the details? ICE had received numerous tips that the company, CVE Technology Group in Allen, Texas, was intentionally hiring illegal immigrants who were using fake identification papers.
So, ICE audited CVE's employment documentation, and found "numerous hiring irregularities. More than 280 employees were arrested on administrative immigration violations.
What will happen to the illegal immigrants? Everyone who was arrested will be interviewed by ICE to determine their specific situation, such as whether they are the sole caregiver to someone or if they have any unique medical circumstances. Those interviews will determine whether they are detained or released.
All of them will be processed for deportation.
And what about the company that hired them? The ICE press release did not address specific potential consequences for CVE Technology, but Dallas HSI special agent Katrina Berger pointed out how damaging their hiring practices are.
"Businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens create an unfair advantage over their competing businesses," Berger said. "In addition, they take jobs away from U.S. citizens and legal residents, and they create an atmosphere poised for exploiting their illegal workforce."
ICE has, in the recent past, stated an intention to focus more on criminally investigating employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants.
What did the critics say? There were protesters present as the arrests were being made, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and critics of these types of raids point out that they target people whose only crimes are living and working in the U.S. illegally.
Sarah Ruiz-Grossman of HuffPost wrote that workplace raids spread fear among illegal immigrant communities and make them vulnerable to being exploited on the job.