Midwest Ag Businesses Targeted in ICE Raid

August 16, 2018

A recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid arrested 133 workers for illegally working in agricultural businesses in Nebraska and Minnesota.  Fourteen business owners and managers were also arrested for fraud, wire fraud, and money laundering.

The lead investigator claimed, “This Homeland Security led criminal investigation has shown that these targeted businesses were knowingly hiring illegal workers…” The latest action by ICE is somewhat unique in that it also targeted business owners and managers.  ICE noted the latest raid was the result of a 15-month investigation. It follows other recent large operations, including 146 workers arrested in June at a Fresh Mark plant in Salem, Ohio, and 97 arrested at Southeastern Provisions in Grainger County, Tennessee.  Read more about the arrests in 2Feeds article.