Anti-immigrant Raids Rattle Nebraska
O’NEILL – August 9, 2018
A wave of anti-immigrants raids have struck the small town of O’Neill in Nebraska, local media reports.
In Nebraska and elsewhere, an operation by Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials snared 133 workers suspected of being in the country illegally, as well as 17 people connected to an alleged conspiracy to exploit illegal labor for profit, fraud and money laundering.
Federal search warrants were served as far away as Las Vegas and Minnesota in connection with the conspiracy. One man was led in handcuffs out of a Mexican restaurant, and search warrants were also served at businesses or farms in Ainsworth, Bartlett, Royal and Stromsburg.
Tracy Cormier, a special agent in charge of Homeland Security’s office in St. Paul, Minnesota said the raid was the culmination of 15 months of investigation, and described the operation as one of the largest in Homeland Security Investigations’ 15-year history.