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Hundreds arrested in Collin County ICE raid

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ICE agents arrested nearly 300 workers at CVE Technology Group in Allen, Texas, on April 3, 2019. (KXAS) ICE agents arrested nearly 300 workers at CVE Technology Group in Allen, Texas, on April 3, 2019. (KXAS)
ICE agents arrested nearly 300 workers at CVE Technology Group in Allen, Texas, on April 3, 2019. (KXAS) ICE agents arrested nearly 300 workers at CVE Technology Group in Allen, Texas, on April 3, 2019. (KXAS)

ALLEN, Texas  -- Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained more than 280 people at a North Texas business on Wednesday.

ICE said the detainees taken from the CVE Technology Group facility in Allen, about 40 miles south of Sherman, were unlawfully working in the United States.

The company is an electronics repair and refurbishment facility.

Homeland Security officials said criminal search warrants were executed at the business as part of an ongoing criminal worksite investigation. The agency said an audit of CVE that was launched in January "confirmed numerous hiring irregularities."

"Businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens create an unfair advantage over their competing businesses," said HSI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Katrina W. Berger in a written statement.  "They take jobs away from U.S. citizens and legal residents, and they create an atmosphere poised for exploiting their illegal workforce."

Those who were arrested on Wednesday will be interviewed to identify any individuals who have medical, sole-caregiver or "other humanitarian situations," ICE said.

Government agents did not say whether any CVE officials were among those arrested.

The raid is similar to another massive ICE raid at the Load Trail manufacturing facility in Lamar County last August. That operation took 160 employees into custody.

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