ICE Executes Federal Search Warrant… Arrest Over 280 ILLEGALS

ICE executes federal criminal search warrant in North Texas

More than 280 aliens administratively arrested on immigration violations while executing a criminal search warrant

ALLEN, Texas — As part of an ongoing criminal investigation, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed criminal search warrants at CVE Technology Group Inc. (CVE), and four of CVE’s staffing companies.

HSI arrested on administrative immigration violations more than 280 CVE company employees who were unlawfully working in the United States at this telecommunications equipment-repair business.

This ongoing investigation began after HSI received multiple tips that the company may have knowingly hired illegal aliens, and that many of the individuals employed at CVE were using fraudulent identification documents.  In January 2019, HSI began an audit of CVE’s I-9 Forms, which confirmed numerous hiring irregularities.

“Businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens create an unfair advantage over their competing businesses,” said Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger, HSI Dallas. “In addition, they take jobs away from U.S. citizens and legal residents, and they create an atmosphere poised for exploiting their illegal workforce.”
All of the immigration status violators arrested April 3 will be interviewed by ICE staff to record any medical, sole-caregiver or other humanitarian situations.  Based on these interviews, ICE will determine if those arrested remain in custody or are considered for humanitarian release.  In all cases, all illegal aliens encountered will be fingerprinted and processed for removal from the United States.A 24-hour toll-free detainee locator hotline is available for family members of those arrested in this operation to address questions about their detention location and status, and the removal process. This hotline operates in English and Spanish; the phone number is 1-888-351-4024.

This HSI-led enforcement action was coordinated with federal, state and local counterparts including the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas, and ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations.

HSI is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for upholding the laws established by the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), which requires employers to verify the identity and work eligibility of individuals they hire.

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