On Thursday, 8th November 2018, a Homeland Security spokesman confirmed the arrest of 22 people (21 men and a woman) for alleged immigration violations. The Homeland Security investigators made the arrest in collaboration with Lancaster County Sheriff’s deputies.
Few hours after this, two well-known Mexican restaurants (El Toro and Mazatlan) were shut. In this regard, a public safety radio system revealed that investigations operation was carried out by Homeland Security at Mazatlan, but there has been no announcement made by either the management of the restaurants or the Homeland Security to confirm any connection between these situations.
For the arrested 22 people, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security investigators called it a situation of alleged administrative immigration violations that are actually unrelated. 19 of this people are from Mexico, one man from Guatemala and the remaining two are from Honduras.
The owner of Mazatlan owns two other restaurants, Las Margaritas and Mazatlan II in southwest Lincoln and northwest Lincoln respectively. Managers and employees of these other restaurants went about their normal duty. When contacted, they revealed no arrests were made in their restaurants.
While efforts to contact the owner were to no avail, someone who witnessed what played out said a law enforcement vehicle was seen at Las Margaritas earlier on Thursday.
Role of Deputies in Immigration Law Enforcement
While clarifying the matter, the sheriff said deputies helped in carrying out these operations though are not involved in active enforcement of immigration law. Homeland Security agents are in charge of investigating criminal efforts aimed at exploiting America’s trade, financial, travel and immigration systems.
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