Yesterday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 58 illegal aliens during eight enforcement actions in the Ohio towns of Ashland, Fremont, Norwalk, Oberlin, Oregon, Sandusky, Vermilion and Youngstown. All were employed in the Norwalk-based Casa Fiesta restaurant chain. Agents also searched a Norwalk home after a warrant was issued.The raids were the result of a one-year criminal investigation, according to an ICE press release. The release notes that everyone detained was medically screened and interviewed by ICE agents to determine if they have medical, sole-caregiver, or other humanitarian issues. Three of the four women arrested were released on humanitarian grounds pending their appearance before an immigration judge, which will determine if they will be deported. This is the second enforcement action related to suspected illegal staffing operations in Ohio this year. An April 16 raid of seven restaurants in Ohio and five other states netted 45 arrests of illegal aliens and criminal charges against employers for recruiting and harboring illegal aliens. Since October, 2007 ICE has made 949 criminal arrests related to worksite enforcement investigations. 105 were owners, managers, supervisors or human resources employees who face charges ranging from harboring to knowingly hiring illegal aliens. ICE also made more than 3,500 administrative arrests for immigration violations in the workplace during the same period.
Updated: Wed, Jul 5th 2017 @ 2:08pm EDT