Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided a job site in Allen, Texas, on Wednesday and found 280 suspected illegal immigrants working there.
It is the largest workplace raid yet during the Trump administration, according to KERA News.
ICE agents stormed the CVE Technology Group, an electronics repair shop, after the Department of Homeland Security received tips from locals that employees could be using phony identification to obtain jobs at the firm, allegedly with the compliance of CVE. The department cross-referenced employees with their tax forms to establish a case. (RELATED: Raid Leads To More Than 100 ICE Arrests In New York)
ICE agents now plan to interrogate the detained suspects and assess “humanitarian situations” where an individual is the solitary caregiver for a child. The rest will remain detained and, according to an ICE statement, “all illegal aliens encountered will be fingerprinted and processed for removal from the United States.” (RELATED: Sheriffs Warn ICE Could Be Forced To Release 8,300 Criminal Aliens)
ICE has released 100,000 illegal immigrants onto the streets since January due to strained detention facilities.
CVE employee Yessenia Ponce was at work Wednesday and witnessed the raid.
“Man, it was crazy,” she said. “We were working like a normal day. … We just heard screaming, you know, people screaming and stuff. We went out and an officer just said ‘follow my voice, follow my voice.'”
There was another large workplace raid in Texas within the last year. In the town of Sumner, ICE agents descended upon a trailer factory and seized 159 suspected illegal immigrants.
In 2008, ICE arrested approximately 400 people in Postville, Iowa — the largest raid of illegal workers in U.S. history, according to KERA.