Immigration agents raid East Tennessee poultry plant

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal immigration agents have made some arrests in their raid of a Pilgrim's Pride poultry facilities in Chattanooga.

But U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Leticia Vamarripa declined to say how many people have been arrested.

She says more than 300 law enforcement agents were involved in the raids at plant locations in south Chattanooga.

Illegal immigrants will face deportation but will not be prosecuted for a crime unless they have falsified IDs. And if there are workers who have dependent children, they are typically freed pending a future hearing on their status.

A spokesman for Pittsburg, Texas-based Pilgrim's Pride did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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