ICE arrests 97 illegal immigrants at meat processing plant

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 97 illegal immigrants after raiding a Tennessee meat processing plant.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 97 illegal immigrants after raiding a Tennessee meat processing plant.

ICE spokeswoman Tammy Spicer announced the raid in a statement and said that of the 97 immigrants taken into custody from Southeastern Provision meat processing plant in eastern Tennessee, 11 people were arrested on criminal charges, 54 were placed in detention and 32 were released. Fox New reported.

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Spicer said they were all arrested on suspicion of being in the United States illegally.

The National Immigration Law Center said it believes this was the biggest single-workplace raid since George W. Bush was president, the according to Washington Post.

Federal immigration officials did not confirm if it was the largest.

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This was the latest crackdown on illegal immigrants by the Trump administration after the president announced last year that ICE agents would be targeting employers that choose to hire immigrants knowing they are illegal in the country.

A total of 21 people were arrested after federal agents raided 7-11 stores nationwide in January.

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