TYLER, Texas – Nineteen workers arrested in an immigration raid at Pilgrim’s Pride poultry plants plead guilty on Thursday to misusing Social Security information to get jobs.

The workers were sentenced to time already served and turned over to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation. The workers, all illegal immigrants, had gotten jobs at Pilgrim’s Mount Pleasant plant by presenting Social Security cards that belonged to other people.

More than 300 people were arrested in the raids at Pilgrim's Pride plants in Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Arkansas and West Virginia.

The U.S. attorney's office said a poultry plant worker arrested earlier who was part of a group that sold false identification documents also plead guilty. German Yepez-Guzman was sentenced to time served on a count of conspiracy to commit fraud in connection with identification documents.


Source: Associated Press