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December 13, 2006

ICE executes warrants in worksite enforcement investigation involving a large–scale identity theft scheme

Here is a press release from ICE on their enforcement against employers;

"December 12, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, special agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executed civil search warrants at six facilities owned by Swift & Company. The operation is part of a worksite enforcement investigation that has identified a large identity theft scheme that has victimized large numbers of U.S. citizens and lawful residents. Swift is a nationwide processor of fresh beef and pork.

ICE agents executed the court-authorized warrants at Swift’s processing facilities in Greeley, Colorado; Grand Island, Nebraska; Cactus, Texas; Hyrum, Utah; Marshalltown, Iowa; and Worthington, Minnesota. These civil warrants allow ICE agents to search for and apprehend any illegal alien workers encountered at these facilities.

Because agents are still in the process of apprehending illegal alien workers, an arrest total is not available at this time. The aliens are being arrested on administrative immigration violations and, in some cases, existing criminal arrest warrants. Additional criminal charges of aggravated identity theft and other violations may also be brought at a later time.

Evidence uncovered during the ICE investigation, which began in February 2006, indicates that large numbers of illegal aliens may have illegally assumed the identities of U.S. citizens or lawful U.S. residents and improperly used their Social Security numbers to gain employment at Swift facilities. ICE agents and the Federal Trade Commission have identified hundreds of potential victims".


Posted by VisaLawyer at December 13, 2006 02:40 PM


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