Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officers in Michigan reportedly ate at a restaurant staffed by illegal immigrants before taking several of them into custody, the agency confirmed.
Sava’s Restaurant owner Sava Lelcaj told local news sources that ICE agents entered the eatery on Wednesday, eating a meal before entering the kitchen to look for an individual who was apparently not working that day.
Four individuals were detained, though one was eventually released, she said.
ICE confirmed that three men who had entered the US illegally were in federal custody.
While conducting a targeted enforcement action at Sava’s restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers encountered and arrested three individuals on immigration violations,” said ICE public affairs officer Rachael Yong Yow. “Sergio Cardenas Rubio and Jesus Ortiz Hernandez unlawfully entered the United States without inspection at an unknown date and location. Mohamed Souman lawfully entered the country, but did not depart in accordance with the terms of his status. All three are currently in ICE custody.”
Lelcaj said that her company puts potential employees through vetting processes, but that the arrested illegals had slipped through her vetting system.
Ann Arbor Police Chief Jim Baird was made aware of the dine-and-detain affair by ICE an hour prior to the Wednesday morning raid, though the local department did not take part in the investigation.
According to Mlive, the agencies did not respond to requests for further comment.
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