MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Officials say U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement pulled off one of the largest raids of illegal immigrants involving three states Wednesday — including Minnesota.
ICE agents arrested 17 business owners and managers as well as 133 workers. The farms, restaurants, and other agriculture companies involved are in Minnesota, Nebraska and Nevada.READ MORE: Overnight Shooting Leaves 3 Hurt In St. Paul; 1 Injured Man Arrested As Suspected Shooter
Homeland Security told WCCO-TV that Christensen Farms — specifically their Appleton and Sleepy Eye locations — knowingly hired illegal immigrants and mistreated them. The arrests were part of a 15-month investigation. Many of the workers were using fake ID’s belonging to U.S citizens.READ MORE: Eligible Minnesotans Can Now Submit Requests For $100 COVID Vaccine Reward: 'This Is The Time To Do It'
ICE officials did not clarifiy the number of people in Minnesota arrested and formally charged.MORE NEWS: Man, 19, Arrested After Allegedly Shooting At SUV With Young Children Inside
Christensen Farms’s Luverne location was the subject of an animal cruelty investigation in 2015.