August 10, 2018 06:13 PM
Eight people in Minnesota were arrested on immigration violations as part of a multi-state operation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
In total, ICE arrested 133 people in Nebraska and Minnesota in an operation targeting businesses officials say knowingly hired - and mistreated - immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally.
Of those arrests, 118 were administrative arrests of suspected undocumented immigrants and 15 were criminal arrests. Fifty-two of the 118 arrested are still in ICE custody.
Of the eight arrested in Minnesota, five are currently in ICE custody. Three were ordered to appear before a federal immigration judge and released on orders of supervision.
No criminal arrests were made in Minnesota.
In Nebraska, 101 people were arrested on immigration violations.
The only business or location with Minnesota ties mentioned in ICE's original release about the operation was Christensen Farms, which has locations in Appleton, Sleepy Eye and Atkinson, Nebraska.
The company released a statement saying they were surprised to learn a third-party vendor was not in compliance with immigration policies:
"Today (Wednesday, August 8), three Christensen Farms' locations were visited by the United States Department of Homeland Security division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE")," the statement read.
"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. We were surprised and disappointed to learn that one of our third party vendors is not in compliance with immigration policies. At Christensen Farms, we have an expectation that all of partners and third party vendors uphold the same high standards as our company.
"At Christensen Farms, we value our diverse work force and those that work hard every day to put food on the table here in the U.S., and across the globe."
Homeland Security Investigations special agent in charge Tracy Cormier described the operation as one of the largest in its 15-year history, according to the Associated Press.
Updated: August 10, 2018 06:13 PM
Created: August 10, 2018 05:28 PM
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