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Nearly 300 People Arrested by ICE Come from 15 Countries

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    More than 280 people were arrested in Allen, Texas, April 3, 2019, as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into people unlawfully working in the US. The operation was the largest ICE worksite operation at one site in the last 10 years.

    Immigration officials say the nearly 300 people arrested at a Texas technology repair company Wednesday came to the U.S. from 15 different countries on multiple continents.

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it has released nearly two-thirds of the more than 280 people who did not have legal authorization to work in this country. They worked at CVE Technology Group refurbishing used cellphones.

    Special Agent in Charge Katrina Berger says 110 of the people are being held in federal detention centers in Texas. The rest were given a date to appear in immigration court and released for "humanitarian reasons," such as being the sole caregiver for a child or having a serious illness.

    Berger said her staff conducted the large operation without drawing agents from other jurisdictions.

    Families Scrambling After ICE Raid in Allen

    Families Scrambling After ICE Raid in Allen

    On Wednesday, Homeland security and ICE raided an electronics repair company that is suspected of hiring hundreds of undocumented workers. More than 280 emplyees of CVE Technology Group were detained. This morning, the families of those employees are scrambling to figure out where their loved ones are and what will happen to them.

    (Published Thursday, April 4, 2019)

    A phone message seeking comment with CVE was not immediately returned.

    Disposition Summary:

    • 284 Total taken into custody at job site (51 males and 233 females)
    • 110 detained in custody as of April 4, 2019
    • 174 processed and released for humanitarian reasons

    Breakdown by number of arrests by nationality:
    1 Bolivia
    1 Brazil
    6 Columbian
    38 El Salvador
    18 Guatemala
    27 Honduras
    1 Kenya
    1 Liberia
    112 Mexico
    2 Nicaragua
    48 Nigeria
    2 Peru
    1 S Korea
    1 South Africa
    25 Venezuela

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