Jun 5, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — U.S. immigration agents raided two Ohio garden stores Tuesday and arrested 114 workers believed to be undocumented immigrants for alleged identity theft.
It was the largest such sting by Homeland Security and immigration agents in recent years.
The agents carried out raids at two separate locations in Ohio where along with the arrests, agents carried out boxes of what a spokesman called “a lot of documentary evidence” from one of the stores.
The investigation into Corso’s began in October when agents arrested a woman that they called a “document vendor” — someone who sells stolen identity documents to legal and illegal would-be workers.
The suspected vendor led investigators to Corso’s garden stores.
Immigration investigator Steve Francis told media some of the documents in Corso’s files included the Social Security numbers of dead people.
Corso’s is not facing any criminal charges but is still under investigation. Francis said the garden center chain was obviously unaware it was hiring workers with falsified documents.
“If you are a legitimate business, you have nothing to be concerned about,” Francis said. “But if you are harboring or hiring illegal aliens, you will be identified, arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Protesters Across The U.S. Decry Policy Of Separating Migrant Children From Parents
Protesters gathered in more than two dozen cities across the U.S. on Friday to condemn the Trump administration’s practice of separating immigrant parents and children at the Southern border.
“The stories are horrific,” said Jessica Morales Rocketto, with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, who helped organize the protest in Washington, D.C.
“It’s like, babies being ripped out of their mothers’ arms — literally ripped out of their mothers’ arms. It’s horrifying … that is happening in America. And we can’t rest until it stops happening,” Morales Rocketto said.
Between May 9 and May 15, 658 children were separated from their parents, who were then referred for prosecution. Undocumented parents who have been separated from their children are forced to wear yellow bracelets, eerily reminiscent of the yellow badges the Nazis forced Jews to wear.
The goal is to discourage immigrants from crossing the border illegally. The Trump administration has considered separating parents and children as a deterrent since last year.
And last month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions made it clear: Families that cross the border illegally will be separated.
“If you don’t want your child to be separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally,” Sessions said in Scottsdale, Arizona, last month.
The Justice Department says family separations are necessary because children can’t go to jail with their parents. So they’re placed in shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services, while their parents face charges — in most cases, a misdemeanor charge for illegal entry.
This is a big departure from past practice. Previous administrations tried to keep parents and children together in family detention centers, or released them into the U.S. to wait for their immigration court dates.
Meanwhile, President Trump, who has called immigrants animals, murderers and rapists from “sh****le” countries, has continued with his disgusting rhetoric. “We have the worst immigration laws of any country, anywhere in the world. They exploited the loopholes in our laws to enter the country as unaccompanied alien minors,” Trump has said, claiming, “They look so innocent. They’re not innocent.”
Studies indicate that undocumented immigrants are not displacing U.S.-born workers. Rather, they are filling jobs that few Americans are interested in pursuing. One sector, in particular, offers a striking illustration: Undocumented immigrants account for 50 percent of all hired field and crop workers, making them essential to the success and continued viability of American farms.