Immigration enforcement officials arrested 160 migrants at a Texas factory and hauled away boxes of evidence that may be used to convict company managers for violating workplace laws.
The August 28 raid by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) against Load Trail, in Sumner, Texas, spotlights the agency’s revived enforcement of worksite laws which were largely ignored by officials during the prior administrations of former President George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
The factory employs 500 people to build trailers.
An agency statement said:
“Businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens create an unfair advantage over their competing businesses,” said Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger, HSI Dallas, which oversees 128 counties in North Texas, and the state of Oklahoma. “In addition, they take jobs away from U.S. citizens and legal residents, and they create an atmosphere poised for exploiting their illegal workforce.” …