From Fox News:
Twenty-three New York City business owners were arrested for their role in sneaking illegal Chinese immigrants into the U.S. to work at restaurants and other establishments, federal officials told FOXNews.com Thursday.
James Hayes Jr., U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent in Charge for New York, said the aliens were often held in unsanitary conditions and were transported to and from the establishments daily.
The eight-month investigation culminated on Wednesday and Thursday with arrests at the employment establishments, which were located in the city's Chinatown neighborhood.
"We anticipate at least one more [arrest]," Hayes told FOXNews.com, adding that the immigrants were believed to have paid up to $75,000 each to be smuggled into the U.S. from China.
Once in New York City, owners of employment agencies would place the aliens -- the majority of whom were male -- to work in restaurants, Hayes said.
It was unclear how long the operation had been going on.