Eight arrested in Fargo on immigration chargesPatrons hoping to dine at a Fargo Mexican restaurant Wednesday were met with locked doors and no explanation. Eight employees of Fargo’s Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant were taken into federal custody early Wednesday and could appear in U.S. District Court as early as today on charges involving false immigration documents.
By: By Kristen M. Daum and Mike Nowatzki, Forum Communications Co., The Jamestown Sun
FARGO — Patrons hoping to dine at a Fargo Mexican restaurant Wednesday were met with locked doors and no explanation.
Eight employees of Fargo’s Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant were taken into federal custody early Wednesday and could appear in U.S. District Court as early as today on charges involving false immigration documents.
The restaurant, which opened in August, employs 18 people, according to Forum archives.
West Fargo police early Wednesday morning responded to a report of loud voices, stomping and the sound of people falling at a duplex, said Assistant West Fargo Police Chief Mike Reitan.
Up-on arriving, officers found eight men who appeared to range in age from 18 to 35 and had been drinking alcohol, he said.
Officers were unable to communicate with the men, who spoke Spanish, so they called for assistance from an interpreter at the U.S. Border Patrol office in Grand Forks.
Through the interpreter talking to the men over the phone, police determined they were illegally in the country and were employees at Casa Ramos Mexican Restaurant, located in a former Hooters site.
Restaurant owner Ben Ramos said Wednesday he didn’t know any details of the situation, but was traveling to Fargo from an out-of-town location.
Messages left at Casa Ramos were not returned, and there appeared to be no one inside the restaurant, which was closed Wednesday.
There was no sign on the door explaining why the restaurant was closed.
The eight men were taken to Grand Forks, where they were being processed at the U.S. Border Patrol Station Wednesday afternoon, said Bryce Koether, a public affairs officer with the patrol.
The men could face either deportation or federal criminal charges, Koether said.
However, it’s most likely the men will face charges involving false documents and could go in front of a U.S. magistrate judge as early as today, Koether said.
It appeared Wednesday even-ing that the charges hadn’t yet been filed, according to a federal court database online.
Kristen M. Daum and Mike Nowatzki are reporters at The Forum
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