ICE carries out largest workplace raid in a decade

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested almost 100 immigrants in Tennessee on Thursday, The Washington Post reports.

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, or TIRRC, said in a statement Friday that it was the largest workplace immigration raid so far under the Trump administration.

The National Immigration Law Center and other advocates said the Tennessee raid was the largest since President George W. Bush's administration and deployed numerous tactics of that era, with a surprise blitz of the factory, a helicopter and streets blocked by state and local authorities. ICE agents told the Post that 32 of the immigrants have been released, while the other 54 were being detained at an undisclosed location.

Spicer declined to confirm whether it is largest workplace raid under the current president.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement said its investigative agency, Homeland Security Investigations, executed a federal criminal search warrant Thursday at Southeastern Provision, in a joint operation with the Internal Revenue Service and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

During that search, HSI encountered 97 individuals who are subject to removal from the United States, an I.C.E. spokesperson said.

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She said that they were detained on suspicion to be in the country. The plant is also being investigated for alleged tax evasion, filing fraudulent tax returns, and hiring immigrants who are living in the USA illegally.

An undercover police officer was hired at the company using a false name and he was paid in cash, the affidavit filed by IRS Special Agent Nicholas Worsham said.

The company's president and general manager, James Brantley, has not been formally charged. Public records do not list their phone number.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

Numerous people employed at the plant had worked there for years and are long-standing members of this rural community, she said. "We're going to detain and remove the illegal alien workers".

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