Agents from immigration and customs enforcement were assisted by Harris
County sheriff’s deputies in the raid at the Shipley manufacturing process center
on North Main. In a prepared statement, ICE special agent Nina Pruneda says it
was a worksite enforcement operation.
“Early this morning, ICE Houston agents executed a federal search warrant at a
local business that resulted in the arrest of 20 males believed to be working in
the country illegally. This morning’s enforcement action is part of an ICE ongoing
investigation. The investigation continues.”
This morning’s raid, said to be the largest ICE operation in Houston this year, was
planned after it received information that illegal immigrants were working at the
Rick Dovalina, immediate director for LULAC, The League of United Latin American
Citizens, thinks the action was unnecessary.
“Most of the public doesn’t understand that they’re families involved. They all have
husbands or wives and they all have kids. So, it creates a bigger problem than just
deporting twenty or thirty people.”
Similar ICE raids were being conducted around the country. Meanwhile, unrelated
to the worksite enforcement operaton, federal agents raided Pilgrims Pride
poultry plants in five states in a crackdown on an alleged scam to provide fake
IDs for illegals.
Pat Hernandez, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.