680 Unauthorized Workers Arrested in Mississippi

Headline Roundup August 8th, 2019

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carried out raids at seven different sites across six Mississippi cities on Wednesday, resulting in 680 arrests. The state's US Attorney for its Southern District labeled the operation as the "largest single-state immigration enforcement operation" in United States history.

Many left-leaning outlets reported on the community disruption and potential family separation that the raids created; some right-leaning reporting focused on the raid's success compared to similar efforts under President Donald Trump.

680 Unauthorized Workers Arrested in Mississippi

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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency arrested 680 illegal aliens who had been working at seven Mississippi food processing plants, federal officials confirmed on Wednesday.
ICE agents conducted the largest single-state raid in United States history and the largest workplace raid in the last 11 years when they arrested 680 illegal aliens at seven food processing plants across six cities in Mississippi, including plants in Bay Springs, Carthage, Canton, Morton, Pelahatchie, and Sebastapol.

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Federal immigration officials raided several food-processing plants in Mississippi Wednesday and arrested approximately 680 people believed to be working without authorization.

The coordinated raids were conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations "at seven agricultural processing plants across Mississippi," according to an ICE statement. In addition to the arrests, agents also seized company business records.

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From the Left
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On Wednesday morning, Dianne received an alarming call. It was her fiancé, dialing her from the chicken processing plant in a nearby central Mississippi town where he worked long shifts deboning meat.

“ICE is here!” he yelled. In the background, Dianne could hear other laborers terrified. The panic was palpable. One worker called out in Spanish, “Ayúdame! [Help me!]”

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