ICE conducted its largest immigration raid in the workplace in 10 years at a Texas manufacturing facility

Federal immigration agents arrested 160 workers during a raid on a Texas company that makes trailers

Federal agents arrested 160 workers this week during an immigration investigation at a trailer manufacturing business in Texas, the largest raid of its kind in the last decade.

The National Security Investigations Division of the US Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. UU He executed the attack on Tuesday at Load Trail in Sumner, Texas, about 100 miles northeast of Dallas.

An ICE spokesman confirmed to DailyMail.com on Thursday that officials believed it was the largest labor rodeo the agency has carried out since 2008.

Federal immigration agents arrested 160 workers during a raid on a Texas company that makes trailers

Federal immigration agents arrested 160 workers during a raid on a Texas company that makes trailers

ICE officials said the objective of the ongoing investigation was not arrests, but to target the employer.

"Companies that intentionally hire illegal aliens create an unfair advantage over their competing businesses," said Katrina W. Berger, special agent in charge, HSI Dallas. "They take jobs away from American citizens and legal residents, and create an atmosphere that is ready to exploit their illegal work force."

An employee who answered the phone on Load Trail declined to comment on Thursday.

Immigrant advocates condemned the raid and other enforcement efforts by the Trump administration, saying it only serves to create a culture of fear in the Latino community.

"This is just one more proof that the material of family separation that we have been seeing on the border of which we have all been outraged is just the tip of the iceberg," said Carlos Guevara, UnidosUS 'principal policy advisor. "These operations (in the workplace) can separate thousands of children from their parents."

ICE officials said the investigation began with a warning to HSI that the company was deliberately hiring people who were in the country illegally, many of whom used false identification documents.

Each of the arrested immigrants was fingerprinted and processed for expulsion from the country, although officials said they will interview them and weigh if any of them is eligible for humanitarian release during the expulsion process.

The raid in Texas is the latest in a massive effort to target companies that employ workers who are in the country illegally.

HSI announced in July a national two-phase operation in which it issued more than 5,200 audit notices to companies throughout the country. The agency has been reviewing employer hiring records to determine if they are complying with immigration laws.

The raid in Texas is the latest in a massive effort to target companies that employ workers who are in the country illegally.

The raid in Texas is the latest in a massive effort to target companies that employ workers who are in the country illegally.

The raid in Texas is the latest in a massive effort to target companies that employ workers who are in the country illegally.

Until July 20, ICE had more than tripled the number of on-site investigations it had conducted in 2018.

As of October 1, 2017, at the beginning of fiscal year 2018, ICE has opened investigations in 6,093 workplaces, compared to 1,716 for the entire fiscal year 2017.

The agency also made 984 administrative arrests as of July 20 this year, almost six times the 172 officers made the previous year. Administrative arrests occur when someone is accused of being illegally in the country, but has not been charged with any other crime.

ICE officers also increased the number of criminal arrests made, taking 675 immigrants compared to 139 in all of 2017.

In total, the 1,659 arrests made so far in the 2018 fiscal year amount to five times the 311 arrests of the 2017 fiscal year.

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