Ten of the 97 people detained after an ICE raid at a Grainger County slaughterhouse are slated to appear in front of a judge in federal court in Greeneville on Friday.
Of the 10 facing federal charges, seven of them are charged with reentering the United States after they were removed. Two are charged with failure to leave the country after being ordered to leave. One is charged with reentering the country after being convicted of a felony. The dates of their deportations, or orders to leave the country, range from August 2002 to June 2017.
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.
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.
A confidential informant working for law enforcement was hired by Southeastern Provisions and told law enforcement he never completed any paperwork nor was he required to show any identification or documentation before being hired. The informant said he was told he didn’t need a lawful identity to work at the company. He also reported he was paid in cash given to him in an envelope. The informant said most of the 60-70 employees he saw working were Hispanic.
The production workers were required to work overtime without being paid extra for their overtime hours, according to the informant. He said they were also required to work with harsh chemicals, including bleach mixed with other cleaning agents, without proper eye protection.
The informant told officials he knew several of the employees used to work at another meatpacking plant in Morristown, but were fired because their paperwork was fraudulent.
After the raid Thursday, detained workers were taken to the National Guard Armory in Morristown