We are informed by AILA and the American Civil Liberties Union that there has been a relatively large-scale ICE enforcement operation conducted in the past 24 hours in relations to a bakery in Otay Mesa.
There have been multiple search warrants executed and many arrests–with some entire families having been taken into custody. Preliminary word is that several managers of the bakery may be prosecuted criminally on immigration-related charges, and many workers (perhaps dozens) will face removal proceedings and/or attempts by ICE to have them accept voluntary removals. We will keep our readers posted as new developments come up.
Last year, a sweep targeting illegal immigrants led to the arrest of more than 300 people – including at least 125 with criminal histories – in San Diego and Imperial counties. The arrests were part of a statewide operation that netted more than 1,000 arrests.