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According to the New York Times federal agents arrested 11 managers and supervisors in connection with the raid on charges of immigration fraud. Agents also detained 223 employees.
Of those 223 only 30 fit the high priority deportation profile of repeated immigration violations or criminal records.
The raid was also carried out on the offices of contracted staffing-services provider HR Betty.
According to reports the raid culminates a two-year investigation into the carwash chain, which focused primarily on management.
“I want to make clear for the community that this was not an immigration-enforcement operation,” Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said. “This was a criminal investigation.”
The owners of the business were not arrested in the raid but more arrests are expected once further evidence is analyzed.
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