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Workers arrested in Fannin County raid face uncertain futures

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A federal agent takes a Load Trail employee into custody on August 28, 2018. (ICE photo) A federal agent takes a Load Trail employee into custody on August 28, 2018. (ICE photo)

FANNIN COUNTY, Texas -- Last August, more than 300 federal agents closed in on a Fannin County trailer manufacturer and detained 159 employees. Homeland Security said they were in this country illegally.

Now some of those Load Trail employees are speaking out to KTEN.

"It has affected me and my kids and my family, and our style of life," said one of the workers, who wished to remain anonymous, adding that his brother was deported following his arrest. 

"They don't have any criminal records or criminal history in the U.S., and now they are at risk of being separated from their families," said Dylan James, an attorney representing a number of former Load Trail employees.

Another former employee who worked at Load Trail for 13 years is now suing the company for worker neglect following his arrest.

"We have the lawsuit against Load Trail because I went to sign some papers and there was fraud going on," the man alleged. "[I] had not had a paid vacation that I was told I would have."

Load Trail did not respond to KTEN's request to comment on the allegations.

The future of the 159 workers is unclear, but the individuals we spoke with said they are applying for permanent residence in the United States.

"I want to remain in this country because it has opened a lot of doors for me, and I am extremely grateful for it," one of the men said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not have any public record available of who has been deported in connection with the Load Trail raid, but they did provide more information about the immigrants detained in August:

  • 5 were released on humanitarian grounds after the raid
  • 98 were released after posting an immigration bond
  • 1 voluntarily returned to Mexico
  • 55 remain in ICE custody

The agency said the Load Trail case remains an ongoing investigation.

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