I.C.E. raids Koch Foods' Ohio plant, Chicago office
August 29, 2007
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
CINCINNATI ― Agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (I.C.E.) raided Koch Foods’ poultry processing plant in Fairfield, Ohio, and simultaneously executed criminal search warrants at Koch’s Chicago corporate office on Aug. 28.
The agency identified more than 180 Koch employees working at the Fairfield plant requiring further questioning and arrested more than 160.
The enforcement actions were part of a two-year, ongoing I.C.E. investigation based on evidence Koch Foods may have knowingly hired illegal aliens at its poultry plant.
"Unlawful employment is one of the key magnets drawing illegal aliens across our borders," said Julie Myers, assistant secretary of homeland security. "When illegal aliens use fraudulent documents or engage in identity theft, they not only exploit a vulnerability, they also cause real harm to U.S. citizens. We will pursue egregious violators by seeking criminal charges and continue to deploy tools such as the new social security no match guidelines to help businesses comply with the law."