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Ann Arbor Restaurant Workers Detained In Targeted Immigration Enforcement

May 24, 2017

The Butter Room at Sava's Restaurant
Credit Sava's Restaurant

Three employees were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials at Sava's Restaurant on South State Street Wednesday.

89.1 WEMU’s Lisa Barry talked with Sava's Restaurant owner Sava Lelcaj-Sarah about what happened this morning and how this will impact her business and other restaurants in the community.


WEMU reached out to ICE for a statement on its enforcement actions in Ann Arbor on Wednesday.  The following is the reply received from Rachael Yong Yow, Public Affairs Officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the New York Field Office. 

"While conducting a targeted enforcement action at Sava's restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers encountered and arrested three individuals on immigration violations. 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.  All three are currently in ICE custody." 

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu