Surprise, ICE Nabs Nearly 300 Undocumented In Texas Raid
280 Illegals were caught off guard in a raid in Houston, Texas. Tech Company CVE was raided Wednesday after some anonymous tips led to an audit proving the company was employing illegals.
"This investigation began in January after ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) received multiple tips that the Allen-based company may have knowingly hired illegal aliens. The agency says tips led to the investigation that started about a year ago."
"Hiring irregularities found during an audit of the company's I-9 forms confirmed those tips. CVE hasn't responded to media requests for comment.
Federal hiring laws require that employers have new hires fill out I-9 forms. The laws perform “necessary and common sense functions,” Berger said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
“They ensure U.S. citizens and legal U.S. residents are hired for jobs in the U.S.,” Berger said. “They also ensure that illegal workers are not preyed upon or paid less than the going wage or otherwise coerced or cheated or subjected to unsafe working conditions without any means of complaint.”
“These companies need to go about it properly,” said Katrina Berger, Special Agent in Charge with HSI Dallas. “They need to be using a legal workforce. It’s required by law.”
ICE agents executed a federal search warrant at the tech company at about noon. Footage from SKY4 showed numerous buses and people being escorted out of the building to the vehicles, with some 200 law enforcement agents entering the facility.
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"The federal agency says the technology repair company employees were working in the United States illegally, but did not release details of who was detained."
"CVE employee Yessenia Ponce was inside the building when agents arrived.
“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.’”
This is why we need better border security. That's almost 300 jobs that could have gone to legal citizens.