U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 97 people after raiding a Southeastern Provision meat processing plant in eastern Tennessee in what civil rights activists say was the largest crackdown at a single place in almost a decade.
The Trump administration is carrying out its plan to aggressively ramp up enforcement during his time as POTUS.
Ten people were arrested on federal immigration charges, one person was arrested on state charges and 86 immigrants were detained for being in the country illegally, Tammy Spicer, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement Friday. All of those arrested are suspected of being in the country illegally, she said. Immigration advocates said most were from Mexico, Washington Post reported.
The National Immigration Law Center said it believes this was the largest single-workplace raid since George W. Bush was president, the Post reported.
Federal immigration officials did not confirm if it was the largest.
This was the latest crackdown on illegal immigrants by the Trump administration after he announced last year that ICE agents would be targeting employers that choose to hire immigrants knowing they are illegal.
The raid on Southeastern Provision in Bean Station, Tenn., follows arrests at 7-Eleven stores and other workplaces nationwide. Last year, the nation’s top immigration official said he had ordered agents to increase the number of work-site inspections and operations by “four or five times” this year, to turn off the job “magnets” that attract immigrants who are in the country illegally and punish employers who hire them.
A total of 21 people were arrested after immigration agents raided 7-11 stores nationwide in January.
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