UPDATE: Homeland Says Not a Raid but A Criminal Investigation

Written by Theresa Rose on May 9, 2018

An ICE official now says 32 men were arrested for administrative immigration violations at a Mt. Pleasant company. Wednesday morning Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers (ICE) along with the Iowa State Patrol and local law enforcement converged on MPC Enterprises on the West edge of Mt. Pleasant. According to the United States Attorney’s office officers were executing a search warrant. ICE released a statement, saying their Homeland Security Investigations and deportation officers, along with their Enforcement and Removal Operations and local authorities are working together on a criminal investigation. The arrests indicate one is from Honduras, two from El Salvador, 22 from Guatemala and 7 from Mexico.  These individuals will remain in custody pending removal proceedings or the outcomes of their respective cases.

Shawn Neudauer, a Public Affairs Officer with Homeland Security and ICE, went on to say in the statement that “there is no threat to the public. As this involves an ongoing criminal investigation no further comment is publicly available.”  The statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office said the same thing, adding that “no further  information or comments will be released unless and until documents have been filed with the court as part of the public record.” Neudauer also made clear that this was not an immigration raid.