18 Face Misdemeanor Charges after Raid at Batesville Poultry Plant

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Eighteen people arrested as part of a raid on an Independence County poultry plant face misdemeanor charges of entering the country illegally, using faked Social Security numbers and obtaining state identification cards under false names.  The raid was carried out Wednesday, and U.S. Attorney Jane Duke provided the information on the charges yesterday.

Duke said agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are also holding another three people on administrative charges of immigration violations.  Duke says those charged with the misdemeanor counts will appear Monday before Magistrate Judge Beth Deere.

Duke says ICE agents entered the Pilgrim's Pride plant at Batesville Wednesday morning to begin arresting those suspected of using other people's Social Security numbers to get jobs there.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)