(Erie County, OH) Federal Immigration Agents are releasing some of the dozens people arrested in raids on an Ohio landscaping company earlier this week.
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents arrested more than 100 people Tuesday during raids in Sandusky and Castalia, about an hour west of Cleveland. ICE says it released minors, including a number who were born in the U.S., for humanitarian reasons. Immigrant advocacy groups say they were held for about 12 hours before they were released.
ICE says the raid was part of a months-long investigation into identity theft and tax evasion.
Toledo-based Advocates for Basic Legal Equality is helping to represent some of the families of those arrested in the raid. The remaining undocumented immigrants arrested are being held at detention centers in Michigan, near Youngstown, and Tiffin.