20 April 2008
The raids were part of a long-term investigation, officials said. Plants were raided in Mount Pleasant, Texas, Batesville, Ark., Live Oak, Fla., Chattanooga, Tenn. and Moorefield, W.Va., authorities said.
said the company went to ICE agents with information about identity
theft at the Arkansas plant. The company uses a federal database to
check identity documents of new employees, but that wouldn't stop a
person from using a real, but stolen ID, he said.
In Buffalo, N.Y., federal law enforcement officials announced the arrest of a local businessman and 10 associates accused of employing illegal Mexican immigrants in seven restaurants in four states.
The restaurants' owner, Simon Banda, who also uses the name Jorge Delarco, of Depew, N.Y., is charged with conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants. Banda appeared in court without a lawyer Wednesday and was given until Friday to hire one. Magistrate Judge Hugh Scott ordered him detained until then, based on the government's assertion that Banda is a Mexican citizen who is in the United States illegally.
Six of Banda's restaurant managers, including two of his brothers, also made initial appearances. Javier Banda of Depew was released on $5,000 bail. Honorio Banda was held because he is allegedly in the country illegally.
One other manager was released on bail, another was held because of outstanding warrants and the others were detained because of their illegal status.It's good to see them hold the employers accountable for breaking the law as well. It's funny how little attention has been paid to this story since the sweep happened Wednesday. It's not surprising though, because it doesn't fit the MSM narrative on illegal aliens. This is the type of story that should be getting the attention of pro-amnesty politicians. Enforcement works and employers can do the right thing when they choose to.
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