Corso's Flower & Garden Center maintaining standards after raid

Corso's Flower & Garden Center maintaining standards after raid

The Sandusky, Ohio, retailer, grower and landscaper has continued operations since authorities raided the business in June on suspicion of employing undocumented immigrants.

August 6, 2018

In June, law enforcement officials, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, executed a raid on Corso's Flower & Garden Center in Sandusky, Ohio, on suspicion of employing undocumented immigrants. During the raid, 114 employees of the retailer, grower and landscaper were detained. Local news outlets have been following the developing situation in the months following the incident.

From the Sandusky Register:

Sandusky — Corso’s Flower and Garden Center’s roots in the community are still firm even after the immigration raid two months ago.

“Corso’s has continued to serve our customers uninterrupted since the raid on our operations June 5,” Corso’s attorney Richard Panza said in a statement to the Register.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executed search warrants at Corso’s locations in Perkins Township on Milan Road and in Castalia on Bardshar Road.

Since the raid, many people have wondered how the flower and garden center is coping after federal agents detained 114 of its employees on suspicion of being undocumented.

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Corso's employees share experiences of detainment

From The Toledo Blade:

Battle Creek, Mich. — Time ticked slower in Calhoun County jail’s Unit L as the last of the women detained in recent Ohio immigration raids wondered why they hadn’t left yet.

Cristina Hernandez-Mendez, 21, was scanning in plants at Corso’s Flower and Garden Center in Castalia, Ohio, in early June when federal agents raided the nursery and its sister store in Sandusky, detaining more than 100 workers suspected of being illegal immigrants.

Seven weeks later, Ms. Hernandez-Mendez was still waiting in civil detention for her first court hearing, 200 miles from her children, ages 3, 5, and 6.

“I know this is Immigration’s job,” Ms. Hernandez-Mendez told The Blade in a jailhouse interview, “but it breaks my heart.”

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Also read: Updated: Immigration agents arrest 114 at Ohio retailer/landscaper

Also read: Corso’s issues statement, AmericanHort’s Craig Regelbrugge discusses industry ramifications in aftermath of ICE raid

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