Agents Target Fischer Homes In Illegal Immigrant Roundup

Fox-19 (Cincinnati), May 9, 2006

Federal Immigrant and Customs Enforcement agents and IRS agents have entered a northern Kentucky homebuilder as part of a illegal immigrant roundup in the Tri-State.

The Fischer Homes Headquarters in Crestview Hills is at the center of the roundup. ICE agents apparently took 76 illegal immigrant workers who were allegedly employed by Fischer into custody.

The US Attorney’s office has said that they have also arrested four Fischer Homes construction site supervisors.

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The four were charged with aiding and abetting, harboring illegal aliens for commercial advantage or private financial gain. If convicted each person could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The roundup started this morning around 6 a.m. when officials began taking people into custody around highway US 42 near Florence. The roundup continued into construction sites in Hebron and Union. Calls to the FOX19 Newsroom reported that several Boone County Sheriff’s deputies and a police helicopter were canvassing the area looking for immigrants.

“Today’s case is another tough step in our targeted and aggressive enforcement of our immigration laws within the interior of the United States,” said Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff in a release. Chertoff added that the crackdowns into hiring illegal immigrants will continue.

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