Immigration Enforcement

Military contractor raid nets 57 illegal immigrants

By John Harbin
Times-News Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 11:47 p.m.

Fifty-seven illegal immigrants rounded up Tuesday at a Buncombe County factory were sent to the Henderson County Jail for processing but didn’t stay long. After the raid at the Woodfin parachute making plant, ICE agents bused the workers to Henderson County to determine their status and decide whether to release or transfer them.

Workers from Mills Manufacturing Corp. in Woodfin are processed by agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Henderson County Jail.

“We have 57 illegal aliens from Mill Manufacturing Corp.,” U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement agency spokesman Ivan Ortiz said. “Twenty-nine of the people have qualified to be released, and will be given a notice to appear before an immigration judge to determine their status. The remaining people will be taken to Charlotte or Georgia to be detained.”

The 29 were released for humanitarian reasons and cited. They were not fugitives, Ortiz said, nor did they have criminal records.

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