Agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided two Michigan dairies last week as part of an ongoing investigation into alleged hiring of illegal immigrants.
According WNEM News, ICE agents executed search warrants at Parisville Dairy in Huron County and Dunganstown Dairy in Tuscola County. At least three individuals were taken into custody during the raid at Parisville Dairy.
Officials have released little information surrounding the raid due to the investigation, but Huron County Sheriff Kelly Hanson, who assisted in the Parisville Dairy raid, points to past problems at the dairy.
"We've been at that location in the last four years, five times. Three of those have involved illegal aliens," said Hanson.
However, Hanson believes that the dairy is only part of a much larger problem.
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The raids occurred not far from Aquila Farms in Bad Axe, Mich., the scene of previous immigration raids. Owner John Verhaar and his wife were charged with employing illegal aliens. As part of their plea deal, the pair were placed on probation and ordered to pay a $2.7 million fine.
Since then, the dairy is reluctant to hire Hispanic workers and requires all job applicants to go through E-Verify. In an exclusive interview with Dairy Herd Network, Verhaar warned other dairy owners to be watchful during hiring.
“Know what you’re doing. Be very careful, because it could be a disaster,” Verhaar said.