Immigration authorities arrested more than 280 employees of a Texas company in what officials said was the biggest single workplace raid in a decade.
As part of an ongoing criminal investigation, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed criminal search warrants at CVE Technology Group Inc. (CVE), and four of CVE’s staffing companies in Allen, Texas on April 3, 2019. –said Charles Reed / ICE/HSI..
According to NBC News, the homeland security investigations unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said the employees of CVE Technology Group Inc. in the city of Allen, north of Dallas, were arrested on administrative immigration violations and that they were working in the United States unlawfully.
The raid was part of an ongoing investigation into complaints that the company may have knowingly hired people who are in the U.S. without authorization and that many of those workers were using fraudulent identification documents, the agency said.
CVE Group Inc. is a New Jersey-based company that refurbishes and repairs consumer tech products and has a national receiving center in North Texas, according to the company’s website.
“Our focus is the criminal investigation,” said Katrina W. Berger, a special agent in charge for ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations in Dallas.
“As far as immigration-related arrests, this is the largest ICE worksite operation at one site in the last 10 years,” she said.
Relatives of workers came to the facility after word of the operation spread, some emotional and wondering about their loved ones, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.