UPDATE:

On Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided several Nebraska towns.

Federal agents said 133 people arrested across three states were being exploited as part of a criminal conspiracy.

Erika Gonzalez of Grand Island said her sister worked at a tomato greenhouse in O'Neill.  She said she was detained and later released.

"She was very scared but she said everything was about waiting," Gonzalez said.  "Waiting and waiting until it was her turn. Everyone was amicable. They were good to them, treated them well, as she said.  No one was seen being attacked, just scared waiting to see what was going to happen with her."

Her family and others must now go through the legal system.

Several attorneys worked through the night, having to work through some obstacles.

"We're trying to locate where they're detained now so attorneys can have access to them, so far we've been unsuccessful in getting that information," said Immigrant Legal Center Attorney Dearra Godinez.

Federal investigators also accuse 17 citizens and non–citizens of colluding to create a workforce of illegal aliens.

They appeared in federal court in Lincoln on Wednesday.

Some were charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens, while others were also charged with money laundering.

Penalties range from maximums of 10-20 years in federal prison and maximum fines of $250,000 to $500,000.

An attorney for one of the accused said his client did whatever he did to be a good person and not to profit from the operation.

Many of the detained workers have since been released.  Some of the 17 facing federal charges are scheduled to be back in court on October 10th.

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Seventeen people, including citizens and non–citizens, were charged in federal court in Lincoln today.

On Wednesday, ICE raided several northern Nebraska towns.

Homeland security said 133 people were arrested across three states for immigration violations and 17 are accused of colluding to create a workforce of illegal aliens.

The arrests were part of a 15–month investigation.

Meanwhile, there's frustration at immigration centers.

"Something that's unfortunate right now is we've been standing outside the ICE office for those who we've received information about," said Immigrant Legal Center Attorney Dearra Godinez.  "We're trying to locate where they're detained now so attorneys can have access to them.  So far, we've been unsuccessful in getting that information."

Of the 17 who appeared in court Thursday, some were charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens, while others were also charged with money laundering.

Channel 8 talked to one man who said his mother is one of those charged.  He said his mom's no criminal and that ICE treated her like garbage.

An attorney for another of the accused said his client did whatever he did to be a good person and not to profit from the operation.