ICE arrests 133 in Nebraska, Nevada and Minnesota

“The job magnet in the United States is primarily what draws illegal aliens across our borders.”

Edgar Linares
August 08, 2018 - 7:07 pm

Courtesy of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

A fifteen-month investigation has led to 133 arrests in Nebraska, Nevada and Minnesota according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

On Wednesday, 17 individuals were arrested in connection to alleged criminal conspiracy to exploit illegal immigrant laborers for profit, fraud, wire fraud and money laundering in Nebraska and Minnesota. At the same time, search warrants were issued in Atkinson, NE; Sleepy Eye, MN; Appleton, MN; and Las Vegas, NV for worksite hiring violations.

“Law enforcement believes the alleged conspirators, 17 individuals located in multiple states, colluded to create an illegal alien workforce in their respective businesses,” said a statement from ICE. “By doing so, they defrauded the U.S. government and created an unfair advantage over their competition businesses.”

Some of the illegal immigrants arrested were allegedly required to cash their paychecks at an illegal remittance business, have tax money deducted from their pay even though this money was never paid to the government, and were coerced to remaining quiet about the criminal activity or they would be threatened with deportation.

The arrests are part of an ongoing Homeland Security Investigation (HSI) alleging these companies knowingly hired illegal immigrants at their facilities, and many of them used fraudulent identification belonging to U.S. citizens.

“The job magnet in the United States is primarily what draws illegal aliens across our borders,” said Special Agent in Charge Tracy J. Cormier, HSI St. Paul, which oversees Nebraska and Minnesota. “This HSI-led criminal investigation has shown that these targeted businesses were knowingly hiring illegal workers to unlawfully line their own pockets by cheating the workers, cheating the taxpayers, and cheating their business competitors.”

Some of the 133 illegal workers arrested were issued notices to appear before a federal immigration judge and released; the rest will remain in ICE custody in Nebraska and Minnesota pending immigration court proceedings.

Its unclear how many illegal workers from Appleton and Sleepy Eye were taken into custody; we do know they worked for Christensen Farms.