ICE raids Tennessee meatpacking plant

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HAMBLEN COUNTY, Tenn. – Immigration officials executed a federal criminal search warrant at the Southeastern Provision meatpacking plant in Bean Station, Tennessee, on April 5.

According to a statement released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Public Affairs Officer Tammy Spicer, 97 people were arrested during a search by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The individuals detained could be deported.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigation Division also participated in the search.

Spicer stated that 10 people were arrested on federal criminal charges, one was arrested on state charges and 86 were arrested on administrative charges for being in the US illegally.

Of the 86 administrative arrests, ICE placed 54 individuals in detention while 32 others were released from custody, according to the statement.

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By STEVE GORDON 4/13/2018 12:46:37 PM
Oscar: Almost all of the undocumented people are hard working, loving family people who have committed no crimes except being here without papers. They are part of our country and we need them. We do not want to see families ripped apart. These people would be happy to pay a fine, do community service and pay taxes. They deserve a chance to live in peace without the fear of deportation. Diversity makes us stronger as a country not weaker. These people deserve a chance to be citizens. We need Immigration Reform ! That will only happen when the Democrats are in charge of the House and Senate. People from Central and South America are hard working family people not criminals like Trump portrays them. Everyone who agrees with me needs to get involved and volunteer to register voters as we get ready for the BLUE TIDAL WAVE !

By Oscar Figari 4/13/2018 11:32:18 AM
I came to this country legally in 1969 with a green card my parents came before me with legal papers and they worked hard we never were on welfare. Why can’t people understand that coming to this country or any other country in the world you need to follow procedures , and laws Illegal Immigration is a crime here in the US and any other country. When I came here immigration would raid neighborhoods and places to work and deported people with expired visas and no one said anything now is not morally right to do that, I am now a citizen and a Veteran and law abiding citizen. But I feel the politicians use it as a tool for their political gain this is what I propose: Ok you are illegal in the country you should pay A 500.00 fine and be subject to a background investigation if you have not committed any crime the be granted legal immigration and be subject to do 1000 hours of community. That is my proposal

By PS 4/13/2018 10:52:46 AM
86/97 were administrative arrests. These people want to work legally. These arrest were done while they were WORKING and NOT killing/ conducting acts of terrorism or anything like that. There needs to be some kind of reform. Illegals would not come to this country if companies did their jobs and conduct a good background. We need to do our job internally first and NOT spend billions of our hard earned money to build a smarter not harder...building a wall does not solve anything.

By STEVE GORDON 4/13/2018 10:49:27 AM
I think it is disgusting and completely Un-American to raid plants and arrest workers. The BLUE TIDAL WAVE IS COMING!! We are going to vote every Republican out of office and WIN BACK he Majority in the House and the Senate then JOB #1 IS TO IMPEACH TRUMP. Only then will we go back to REAL FAMILY VALUES and treating people of all races and religions equally.

By chickenking 4/13/2018 10:40:43 AM
Would you need a wall if the processing facility followed the legal hiring process? Is it not incumbent upon them to verify the status of their employees? Why should my tax dollars be used to fund a barrier? There's obviously a demand for the labor. Are we not all participants in a free market society? I've been led to believe the 'invisible hand' will always correct the market.

By BW 4/10/2018 2:44:22 PM
Who will support all these anchor American children?! How about their parents! Send them all back. Reform NO! Wall YES!

By manuel ortega 4/10/2018 11:14:18 AM
we need some kind of reform . Whos going to support all these americans with out parents and whos going to do our labor cause our millinium kids arn"t