ICE agents detained employees at Michigan restaurant after eating breakfast

On Wednesday morning, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents ate breakfast at Sava's Restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Following the end of their meal, the officers detained three employees.

The agents raided the restaurant's kitchen looking for an employee that was not on duty, then arrested three other immigrant workers.

A representative for Sava's, Bree Stilwell, told The Daily Beast about the incident. She said, "One ICE agent was stationed at the back door, and one at the front."

"They apprehended one of our employees taking the trash out to the back alley and immediately put him in handcuffs, misidentifying him as the employee they were looking for. The detained employee showed the agents his documentation and was released, but three others were arrested."

ICE had contacted Ann Arbor police about the raid, but they were not asked to participate.

Stilwell told The Daily Beast the raid shocked patrons and others in the restaurant. "It was a distressing situation for everyone there, particularly given the high-anxiety environment and what we're seeing as regular ICE raids," she commented.

Owner Sava Lelcaj told MLive that employees go through a vetting process during hiring. She said that the workers had proper documentation, just not on them at the time.

"We do the best we can to hire, to vet and screen and be compliant," she said.

MLive reported late Wednesday, though, that the employees detained are in the U.S. illegally. According to ICE, "Sergio Cardenas Rubio and Jesus Ortiz Hernandez unlawfully entered the United States without inspection at an unknown date and location. Mohamed Souman lawfully entered the country, but did not depart in accordance with the terms of his status."

The three immigrants remain in ICE custody.

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