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Border shuttles in Tucson raided in AZ immigration sweep

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Immigration agents raided four shuttle companies on Tucson's south side Thursday morning as part of a major binational operation targeting an illegal immigrant smuggling network.

Officials mobilized more than 800 federal, state and local law enforcement officers across Southern Arizona on Thursday morning to arrest 47 people in Tucson, Phoenix, Nogales and Rio Rico, according to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement press release. Mexico's federal police also made arrests in Nogales, Sonora.

The arrested were owners and employees of four Tucson shuttle companies, and a fifth from Phoenix, that transported thousands of illegal immigrants from the border to Tucson and Phoenix, officials say.

Thursday's arrests were the culmination of a year-long investigation targeting the Arizona-based people-smuggling networks. They named the effort "Operation in Plain Sight" because the activity was so brazen.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, here how's the operation worked:


Border shuttles in Tucson raided in AZ immigration sweep
 
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"This is an intimidating tactic," said Carmen Sanchez, who lives nearby and came to watch. "This is putting fear into the Hispanic community."


Sorry lady, but you don't speak for ALL of the hispanic community. Many in AZ are more THANKFUL than fearful!
 
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httphttp://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/azstarnet.com/content/tncms/assets/editorial/7/52/eea/752eea5e-48e9-11df-801f-001cc4c03286.pdf.pdf?_dc=1271375498

://azstarnet.com/news/local/border/pdf_752eea5e-48e9-11df-801f-001cc4c03286.html
 
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