ICE / HSI officials conducted an operation targeting businesses that allegedly employed and possibly exploited illegal aliens in Nebraska and Minnesota, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
— ICE (@ICEgov) August 8, 2018
According to a press release, Wednesday, special agents with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations executed search warrants for 17 people allegedly connected to a criminal conspiracy to exploit illegal alien workers for profit, fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in Nebraska and Minnesota and Nevada.
While executing the warrants Wednesday, agents arrested 133 illegal workers for immigration violations. Investigators believe 17 people across multiple states “colluded to create an illegal alien workforce”.
Of the 17 people listed in the indictment, only three are not yet in custody.
Christensen Farms, which has its headquarters in Sleepy Eye, released the following statement to Reporters
“Today, Wednesday, August 8, Christensen Farms’ locations were visited by the United States Department of Homeland Security division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”). Locations included the Christensen Farms’ Sleepy Eye Campus (office, feed mill, truck wash), Appleton, Minn. Truck Wash, and one Nebraska farm. The purpose of this visit was to verify lawful employment within the United States. Our entire team of employees is fully cooperating with the investigation and we are aware of no wrongdoing at this time. We recognize and appreciate the important role the Department of Homeland Security has in keeping all of us safe. We are confident in the processes we have in place to ensure we are fulfilling our legal obligations in our employment decisions.”
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