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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations division executed the raid on Tuesday at Load Trail in Sumner, Texas, about 100 miles northeast of Dallas.
An ICE spokesman confirmed to DailyMail.com on Thursday that officials believed it was the largest workplace roundup that the agency has conducted since 2008.
ICE officials said the goal of the ongoing investigation was not arrests, but to target the employer [to practice racism/white supremacy].
'Businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens create an unfair advantage over their competing businesses,' said Katrina W. Berger, special agent in charge, HSI Dallas. 'They take jobs away from U.S. citizens and legal residents, and they create an atmosphere poised for exploiting their illegal workforce.'
An employee who answered the phone at Load Trail declined to comment on Thursday.
Immigrant advocates condemned the raid and other enforcement efforts by the Trump administration, saying that it only serves to create a culture of fear in the Latino community.
'This is just further proof that the family separation stuff we’ve been seeing at the border that we’ve all been outraged about is just the tip of the iceberg,' said Carlos Guevara, a senior policy advisor with UnidosUS. 'These (workplace) operations stand to separate thousands of children from their parents.'
ICE officials said the investigation began with a tip to HSI indicating that the company was knowingly hiring people who were in the country illegally, many of who were using fake identification documents.
Each of the immigrants arrested was fingerprinted and being processed for removal from the country, though officials said that they will interview them and weigh whether any are eligible for humanitarian release during removal proceedings.
The Texas raid is the latest in a massive effort to target companies that are employing workers who are in the country illegally.
HSI announced in July a two-phase, nationwide operation in which it issued more than 5,200 audit notices to business across the country. The agency has been reviewing employers' hiring records to determine if they are complying with immigration laws.