Asking U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for a job when you are someone who is unauthorized to work in the United States is a bad idea. But that's what some day laborers are accused of doing in Baltimore.
A group of day laborers mistook the ICE agents as employers seeking help. The day laborers approached the agents in a parking lot, which the agents were using to regroup after an unrelated investigation. The agents say that after some questioning of the day laborers, they arrested 24 individuals on immigration charges.
"Fugitive aliens and other immigration status violators flaunt our laws and threaten the integrity of our immigration system," says John Alderman, ICE acting field office director in Baltimore. "Although ICE conducts targeted enforcement actions, we will not ignore immigration violations we encounter during the course of doing business."
Of those arrested, 10 were from Honduras, eight were from Mexico, five were from El Salvador, and one was from Peru. ICE says six had criminal records in the United States, eight had been previously removed and two had final orders of removal from an immigration judge. One individual from El Salvador had been caught attempting to cross the border illegally six previous times, according to ICE.
Source: Immigration and Customs Enforcement