Jackson, Mississippi — Authorities brought federal charges against four executives at two Mississippi poultry processing plants in connection with one of the largest immigration raids in the past decade. at a workplace in the United States.
The federal prosecutor Mike Hurst and the acting director of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE), Matt Albence, announced the charges as the documents were released Thursday.
The announcement comes a day before the first anniversary of the raids in which 680 people were arrested at seven farmed poultry plants in central Mississippi.
Hurst and Albence also squabbled with reporters over articles that focused on arrests that separated children from their parents. immigrants that were sent to retention centers. “If a father puts his children in that situation where they commit a crime that leads to arrest and detention, that responsibility falls on them,” said Albence.
None of the four people in the newly disclosed indictments were arrested on the day of the raids, said Hurst, the federal prosecutor for southern Mississippi. He added that they worked as managers, supervisors or employees of the human resources area.
Hurst noted that the journalists did not focus on Americans who were victims of identity theft – people whose Social Security numbers have been misused by immigrants working in the United States without proper documents.
Albence said last year’s raids in Mississippi have generated 126 indictments, 117 criminal arrests and 17 convictions. Hurst said the investigation is ongoing.
Two people on the charges released Thursday – Salvador Delgado-Nieves and Iris Villalon – worked at A&B Inc., a plant in Pelahatchie.
Delgado-Nieves, 57, of Pelahatchie, was charged with protecting people who were in the United States without legal authorization and helping them falsely present themselves as US citizens. He was also charged with helping immigrants obtain fake Social Security cards and lying to authorities. For the convictions, he could face up to 74 years in prison and $ 2.5 million in fines, Hurst said.
Villalon, 44, of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, faces charges for assisting an unauthorized person residing in the United States and one charge for making false statements about hiring immigrants who did not have proper documentation. If found guilty, she would face a sentence of up to 20 years behind bars and 750,000 in fines, Hurst explained.
Laos Two other defendants — Carolyn Johnson and Aubrey “Bart” Willis — worked for Pearl River Foods LLC in Carthage.