Federal immigration authorities arrested more than 280 employees of a Texas company in what officials said was the biggest single workplace raid in a decade.
The homeland security investigations unit of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said the employees of CVE Technology Group Inc. in the city of Allen, north of Dallas, were arrested on administrative immigration violations and that they were working in the United States unlawfully.
The raid was part of an ongoing investigation into complaints that the company may have knowingly hired people who are in the U.S. without authorization and that many of those workers were using fraudulent identification documents, the agency said.
CVE Group Inc. is a New Jersey-based company that refurbishes and repairs consumer tech products and has a national receiving center in North Texas, according to the company’s website.
The company could not immediately be reached for comment on Wednesday.
“Our focus is the criminal investigation,” said Katrina W. Berger, a special agent in charge for ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations in Dallas.
“As far as immigration-related arrests, this is the largest ICE worksite operation at one site in the last 10 years,” she said.
Relatives of workers came to the facility after word of the operation spread, some emotional and wondering about their loved ones, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.
Anel Perez, the daughter of a worker who was been detained, told the station, “It’s not fair. It’s really sad and it makes a lot of people really angry and frustrated,”
Berger said she could not discuss many details of that ongoing probe but that “the numbers of the administrative arrests we made today hint at the significant scope of this investigation.”