Tuesday, April 23, 2024

ICE arrests more 280 immigrants employed by CVE Technology Group in Allen, Texas

Federal immigration authorities arrested more than 280 employees of a Texas company in what officials said was the biggest single workplace raid in a decade.

The investigations unit of 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. The company could not immediately be reached for comment

“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.

ICE said that all those arrested would be interviewed “to record any medical, sole-caregiver or other humanitarian situations,” and that the federal agency would then determine whether any would be considered for humanitarian release. But the agency also said in a statement, “In all cases, all illegal aliens encountered will be fingerprinted and processed for removal from the United States.”

Berger said that authorities were still vetting information and she did not have the nationalities, ages or any criminal backgrounds of those taken into custody. ICE said that search warrants were executed at CVE Technology Group Inc. and four of CVE’s staffing companies.

Berger said that federal law requires all employers verify that workers are in the country legally with an I-9 form and an audit of those forms that began in January “confirmed numerous hiring irregularities”. “In this case with CVE, we received many tips that they were hiring illegal aliens who were using fraudulent documents,” she said.