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Two more arrests at Agriprocessors
Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested two more employees at Agriprocessors this morning. Although names of the employees have not yet been released, it has been confirmed that they were employed in the human resources department.
The two are expected to have their initial federal court appearance this afternoon in Cedar Rapids.
Two middle-management supervisors — Martin De La Rosa-Loera and Juan Carlos Guerrero-Espinoza — pleaded guilty in federal court last month to charges of encouraging illegal immigration. The documents filed by prosecutors in those cases indicated that during the raid agents seized several fraudulent permanent alien resident cards from the human resources offices at the plant.
Authorities continue to search for a third supervisor, Hosam Amara. The indictment listing specific charges against Amara remains sealed.
Agriprocessors, which was the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant prior to a massive May 12 immigration raid, is located in Postville, a small northeastern Iowa town. Today, the Iowa Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint and affadavit in Allamakee County that charged the company and five individuals with more than 9,000 child labor law violations.
Spokespersons with the company have not returned a request for comment.