Pennsylvania Restaurant Closes After ICE Raid

Pennsylvania Restaurant Closes After Ice Raid

A restaurant in southeastern Pennsylvania was closed for about two weeks after four of its employees were detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

The Aroma Buffet and Grill reopened Wednesday morning with some new employees.

The new restaurant manager who was hired to replace the previous manager told The York (Pa.) Daily Record newspaper that he was not sure if his predecessor knew about the migration status of the arrested employees.

“I’m not sure if the previous manager hired them or knew their proper status, or if those employees provided false information,” the new manager told the press.

Those arrested were allegedly living and working in the U.S. but hailed from El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.

It’s not clear if this raid was part of reported stepped-up immigration enforcement efforts or if they’re part of regular ICE procedures.

Stephen Converse, the attorney representing the four men said to the media that none of his clients is a criminal. The only crime they had committed is operating in the U.S. without proper documentation, he said.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said that last month alone, more than 680 people were arrested in large metropolitan cities across the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.

The arrests signal a dramatic change from the Obama era, and according to Converse, the Obama administration was methodical, only focusing on criminal aliens.

It also looks like ICE is just getting started and these raids might just get more and more intensive in the days to come.

To avoid a situation where your business is brought to a standstill due to an ICE operation, one option is to use E-Verify as a means of verifying whether a potential employee is eligible to work in the U.S.

Images: Dept. of Homeland Security, Aroma Buffet

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Antony Maina Antony Maina is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. His beat includes social media, general business reporting and exploring how people relate to technology. With a background in freelance writing, he is a contributor to other tech websites and can be found at Word4Bloggers.

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  1. Marcus Holliman

    That is very interesting you would never expect to see a ICE Raid policing immigration violations that far from the border. I am located on the Texas US border and we have yet to see any increased activity.