55 remain in ICE custody following raid of Lamar Co. trailer manufacturer

Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

DALLAS (KXII) - Federal immigration officials released updated statistics Tuesday from last week’s raid at a Lamar County trailer manufacturer.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman Carl Rusdok tells us of the 159 originally arrested on immigration violations at Load Trail LLC in Sumner last week.

-98 were released after posting an immigration bond

-5 were released on humanitarian grounds on scene because they are primary caregivers to children

-1 voluntarily returned to Mexico

-55 remain in ICE custody

Last week, the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Dallas office reported the following updates:

• 159 administrative arrests (this is a corrected number from 160 that was originally reported); 5 women (4 from Mexico, 1 from El Salvador) were served with notices to appear before a federal immigration judge and were released from ICE custody on humanitarian grounds; 154 subjects were transported and detained;

• Out of 159 arrested, 147 were men, and 12 were women;

• Subjects arrested and still in ICE custody are from the following countries:
o 145 Mexico
o 6 Honduras
o 2 Guatemala
o 1 El Salvador.

“Those arrested were transported to ICE detention facilities in North Texas and Oklahoma,” Rusdok said. “They remain in ICE custody pending disposition of their immigration cases. In addition to their immigration violations, each individual is also being vetted to determine if they have been previously removed (deported), or if they have outstanding criminal warrants.

Rusdok said some may also be subsequently charged, as appropriate, with various crimes such as: using fraudulent documents, fraud and misusing visas and immigration documents, false claim to US citizenship and identity theft.

It’s not the first time the company has been targeted for hiring undocumented workers. Load Trail fined $445,000 four years ago for hiring dozens of illegal aliens.

Federal officials say last week's raid was the largest of its kind nationally in a decade.