Two days ago–April 3–agents of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)–raided a business north of Dallas and arrested 280 employees for immigration law violations.
The company– CVE Technology Group, a telecommunication repair firm–had been under investigation since January, when multiple tips were received reporting that the company was employing illegal immigrants.
This was the largest raid on a single business in a decade, the Obama administration having largely discontinued such raids and Trump having been slow in re-introducing them.
ICE officials declined to state whether any members of the company’s management were arrested in the dragnet. Those who were arrested will be interviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they are held in custody or released with the customary promise to appear in court at a later date.
One already evaluated and released was Wendy Armas, a Guatemalan national, who had worked at CVE for five years. Interviewed by a reporter later, she said she was bused away after her arrest, then released after promising to appear in court next month.
“The hardest thing was when the bus started taking off,” she said. “There was a long moment of silence, people crying, people saying, ‘I’m going to leave this country and go back to my own.’ ”
Well, U.S. immigration policy being what it is, maybe.
For more, see USA Today.