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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Immigration Agents Arrest 114 Undocumented Ohioans in Sting Operation

Posted By on Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 12:35 PM

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The Associated Press reports that U.S. immigration agents arrested 114 undocumented immigrants at two Sandusky-area locations of Corso's Flower and Garden Center.

They were raided Tuesday morning as part of the Trump administration's crackdown on employers hiring undocumented workers.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says it expects charges for crimes including identity theft and tax evasion. Corso's is currently under investigation, but no criminal charges have been filed against the company.

The investigation began last October after a woman who provided stolen documents to undocumented workers was arrested by Border Patrol. That led to Corso's where investigators found that 123 of the 313 employees had suspicious records.

The news is sure to please the anti-immigration crowd, but industries that rely on immigrant labor are likely not thrilled about the mass arrest.

Since Trump has taken office, it has become exponentially more difficult for immigrants to become legal and U.S. citizens. His administration tripled the number of pages in green card applications, forms for sponsoring a foreign-born spouse are nine times longer than previous applications, and he even encouraged the failed RAISE act which would have cut legal immigration in half.

The sting operation was part of the Trump administration's surge in deportation arrests.

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman, Cleveland's top federal prosecutor, told there are now enough local immigration cases that his office will add a prosecutor dedicated wholly to working in that area.

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