Trump's Deportation Squad Hits the Jackpot at Landscaping Company

  • 2018-06-05
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Trump's Deportation Squad Hits the Jackpot at Landscaping Company
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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 114 illegal immigrants in a surprise raid at a Northern Ohio gardening and landscaping company this morning, marking the largest ICE worksite enforcement operation under the Trump administration.

The operation was two-pronged and simultaneously carried out at Corso's Flower & Garden Center in Sandusky and in the neighboring town of Castalia. 

Agents arrested employees and seized documents at both sites. Although no criminal charges have been filed against Corso itself, the company is under investigation for immigration and identity fraud violations.

Tuesday's raid is part of a coordinated effort by the administration to investigate companies allegedly hiring illegal immigrants or foreign workers without proper authorization. 

Since President Trump's inauguration, ICE has executed several high-profile operations, including a nationwide audit of 7-Eleven convenience stores.

Per The Hill:

Corso's had reportedly been under investigation since last October. Steve Francis, an ICE official in Detroit, told the AP that the probe was launched after the arrest of a woman who handed out stolen identity documents to job applicants who were in the country illegally. 

That arrest reportedly led investigators to Corso's, where 123 employees were found to have suspicious records.

“We verified that a lot of U.S. persons were obviously unaware of this. It’s caused them a lot of hardship,” Francis said. “It’s not one that we’re looking for strictly as a worksite immigration raid.”

Today's arrests came two months after ICE agents executed the largest workplace raid in a decade at a Tennessee slaughterhouse.
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