Allen, TX–As part of an ongoing criminal investigation, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations executed criminal search warrants at CVE Technology Group Incorporated, and four of CVE’s staffing companies.
Homeland Security Investigations arrested on administrative immigration violations more than 280 CVE company employees who were unlawfully working in the United States at the telecommunications equipment-repair business.
The ongoing investigation began after the agency received multiple tips that the company may have knowingly hired undocumented workers, and that many of the individuals employed at CVE were using fraudulent identification documents. In January, Homeland Security Investigations began an audit of CVE’s I-9 Forms, which confirmed numerous hiring irregularities.
“Businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens create an unfair advantage over their competing businesses,” said Special Agent in Charge Katrina Berger, Homeland Security Investigations Dallas. “In addition, they take jobs away from U.S. citizens and legal residents, and they create an atmosphere poised for exploiting their illegal workforce.”
All of the immigration status violators arrested April 3 will be interviewed by ICE staff to record any medical, sole-caregiver or other humanitarian situations. Based on the interviews, ICE will determine if those arrested remain in custody or are considered for humanitarian release. In all cases, all the undocumented workers encountered will be fingerprinted and processed for removal from the United States.