• ICE has announced completion of its investigation of Koch Foods of Cincinnati LLC. In August 2007, ICE searched Koch's processing facility and arrested 161 illegal workers. Koch's I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification documentation was reviewed as part of the investigation, and a Notice of Intent to Fine was subsequently issued. As a result, Koch has recently paid more than $536,000 in fines for administrative violations of U.S. immigration laws.
  • Earlier this month, ICE's agents arrested more than 20 individuals on criminal charges of using their businesses to transport smuggled aliens into the U.S., and seized 32 vehicles and a number of weapons. The investigation concentrated on Houston area transportation businesses and began in November 2009. This month's arrests are the most recent in string of raids that brought more than 200 individuals, including nationals of Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, into federal custody. Criminal charges include conspiracy to transport illegal workers, which carries a maximum punishment of 10-year imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.