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Allen immigration raid

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

On Friday morning, a group stood outside the Dallas office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, waiting for news about their friend, Salvador Hernandez.

They were there to fill out paperwork and pay his $2,500 bond. Hernandez was one of the 284 employees of CVE Technology Group arrested by immigration agents in Allen.

Katrina Berger, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge, during a press conference in Irving, Texas, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

With a helicopter hovering overhead, about 200 law enforcement officials descended Wednesday on CVE Technology Group in Allen and detained more than two-thirds of the workers.

What will happen to decision-makers at the company remains unclear.

ICE agents and personnel at CVE Technology in Allen, Texas, on Wednesday, April 3, 2019.
Anthony Cave / KERA News

There were more than four times as many women than men arrested Wednesday in the country's largest immigration raid in 10 years, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said. The 284 workers came from 15 different countries.

Family members of workers inside CVE Technology in Allen, Texas, took concerned phone calls, sent worried texts and waited for updates throughout the afternoon while ICE conducted raid operations.
Anthony Cave / KERA News

Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday arrested 284 employees at a technology repair company in a Dallas suburb on charges of working in the United States illegally. Officials say it's the largest worksite raid in the country in 10 years.