More than 280 employees of Texas company have been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, NBC News is reporting.
Officials called it the biggest single workplace raid in a decade.
Employees of CVE Technology Group Inc. in Allen, Texas were arrested on administration immigration violations. Federal immigration authorities said they were working in the U.S. unlawfully, the network news reported.
The company repairs tech products and has a national receiving center in northern Texas, NBC News reported.
Authorities said the arrests were part of an investigation into complaints the company might have knowingly hired without authorization and that many of those people were using fraudulent identification.
"In this case with CVE, we received many tips that they were hiring illegal aliens who were using fraudulent documents," said Katrina Berger, special agent in charge for ICE's Homeland Security Investigations in Dallas.
And she added: "As far as immigration-related arrests, this is the largest ICE worksite operation at one site in the last 10 years."
She said federal law stipulates employers must verity that workers are in the U.S. legally with an I-9 form.
After an audit of the forms, ICE "confirmed numerous hiring irregularities," the agency said.
"Unauthorized workers often use stolen IDs of legal U.S. workers, which can profoundly damage for years the identity-theft victim's credit, medical records, and other aspects of their everyday life," USA Today quoted from a statement released by ICE.
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