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Immigrants in raid may face prison

Twenty-five immigrants who were arrested last week in a pork plant raid face federal identity theft charges and, if convicted, substantial prison time, prosecutors said Tuesday. The defendants -- who prosecutors say entered the country illegally and used stolen names and Social Security numbers to get jobs -- made their first appearance in federal court in Raleigh on Tuesday. Officials said there is no evidence the accused stole money or services using the identities, but the crime carries a prison term of between two and seven years, along with $250,000 in fines. They would likely be deported after serving their sentences, authorities said.

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