10 charged after ICE raid plead not guilty

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Ten of the 97 people detained after an Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid at a Grainger County slaughterhouse last Thursday appeared in federal court on Friday and pleaded not guilty. Their next court date is set for June. 

Those who are charged with with reentering the United States after being removed are facing up to two years in prison. Those charged with failure to leave after being ordered to leave face up to four years. Virgen Mendoza-Perez is facing up to 20 years because she has already been deported twice and re-entered. She was also convicted of child abuse in Florida in 2009. 

Of the ten who appeared in US District Court in Greeneville, seven are charged with reentering the United States after being removed, two are charged with failure to leave the country after being ordered to leave and one is charged with reentering the country after being convicted of a felony. 

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The people facing charges are:

  • David Perez Bartelon: Reentry of removed alien after he was deported on Dec. 26, 2013 from New Orleans.
  • Domingo Gregorio-Domingo: Reentry of removed alien after he was deported on March 21, 2016 from Alexandria, Louisiana.
  • Mateo Gomez-Pablo: Reentry of removed alien after he was deported on June 12, 2015 from Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Marvin Oriel Marroquin-Lopez: Failure to depart following final order of removal, which was issued on June 9, 2015.
  • Antonio Garcia-Martin: Reentry of removed alien after he was deported on Sept. 21, 2012 from Harlingen, Texas.
  • Miguel Silva-Silva: Reentry of removed alien after he was deported on August 26, 2002 from Laredo, Texas.
  • Jose Roblero-Bravo: Reentry of removed alien after he was deported on May 2, 2013 near Douglas, Arizona.
  • Pablo Tivurcio-Lopez: Reentry of removed alien after he was deported on Dec. 4, 2012 near Nogales, Arizona.
  • Evelio Alejandro Bravo-Arreaga: Failure to depart following final order of removal, which was issued on June 29, 2017.
  • Virgen Mendoza-Perez: Reentry of a removed alien subsequent to felony conviction. Mendoza-Perez was convicted of child abuse in Florida in 2009, at which point she was deported. In 2014, she pleaded guilty to reentering the United States after her deportation and served time in prison, before she was deported again in July 2015.

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One other person was arrested on state charges. In addition, 86 were detained on administrative charges. Of the 86 administrative arrests, 54 were placed in detention and 32 were released.

After the raid Thursday, detained workers were taken to the National Guard Armory in Morristown. 

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