ICE raids popular Korean market, detains 26 workers

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Crime scene tape blocks off the entrance to Zion Market, a popular Korean grocery store, after a raid by ICE agents.

SAN DIEGO — Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided the popular Korean grocery store Zion Market Wednesday.

The market, which specializes in a variety of Asian groceries, was raided in the late morning as part of an investigation related to “the hiring and employment of individuals not legally authorized to work in the United States,” an ICE spokesperson said.

During the raid, 26 workers were determined to not be working in the US legally. They were temporarily taken into custody and the released pending the outcome of their immigration cases, according to ICE.

“San Diego Special Agents are focused on bringing to justice those employers who knowingly break the law, and hire an illegal workforce causing unfair disadvantages to those companies that do comply,” said David Shaw, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in San Diego.

Any criminal charges or penalties will be coordinated through the US Department of Justice.

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