Immigration authorities arrested Chicago employees of a manufacturer of crates and pallets as part of a nationwide crackdown on the hiring of illegal immigrants, officials said Wednesday.
Authorities raided facilities of IFCO Systems in at least nine states in the culmination of a yearlong criminal investigation, law enforcement officials said....
One official, speaking on condition of anonymity because numbers were still being tallied, said the arrests at IFCO Systems were in the hundreds nationwide. Authorities in Buffalo said seven managers conspired to bring illegal immigrants into the country....
In response to the arrests, the Chicago Workers' Collaborative and other labor advocates scheduled a rally Wednesday night at a Department of Homeland Security detention facility in Broadview.
Labor organizers in Chicago accused federal authorities of timing the raids to intimidate immigrants who have recently joined massive marches in Chicago and other U.S. cities to support illegal immigrants.
I just happened to catch Barack Obama on Fox News denouncing the raid as an election year stunt. Fox reported the number arrested as "nearly 1200" and the raid extending to 21 states (the Chicago Tribune article above says at least nine).
A year long investigation to catch one company and 1100+ illegals also nets accusations of intimidation and stunts and the lawsuits should begin being filed by Monday at the latest. It would be interesting to discover, although I doubt I'll find it, how many of the 1100+ are already back on the streets.
Only 11,998,800+ to go. A cakewalk.