Immigration agents raid Cargill plant in Illinois

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WASHINGTON — Agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided a pork processing facility owned by Minneapolis-based Cargill in Beardstown, Ill., last night during the clean-up shift and reportedly arrested 62 employees of a third-party sanitation company. Suspects, who were employed by Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Quality Service Integrity, Inc. to perform sanitation duties at the plant, were charged with identity theft and other immigration violations. No Cargill employees were arrested in the ICE operation.

Processing operations at the plant, which employs about 2,200 workers, were delayed for several hours as agents carried out an investigation that began this past January, plant officials said.

"Cargill cooperated with ICE by giving the agency’s staff full access to the facility," said Mark Klein, Cargill’s spokesman. "The start of operations was delayed about three hours to allow Cargill to complete cleanup.

"Cargill will continue to cooperate with ICE in this matter to the extent it is requested to do so," Mr. Klein said.

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