ICE raids: 300 people released amid outrage over MS arrests

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The hundreds arrested Wednesday are believed to be in the country illegally, according to U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst. "They are facing that process and we're trying to get them legal help", McGowan told CBS News, noting that all apprehended workers are served with notices to appear in court, regardless of whether they are released. CNN affiliates reported the raids at food-processing plants throughout the state. "ICE HSI (Homeland Security Investigation) special agents executed administrative and criminal search warrants resulting in the detention of approximately 680 illegal aliens", said Mike Hurst, Attorney for the Southern District of MS, reported The Hill.

It's especially sickening that the Trump administration would carry out such a raid a mere four days after officials say a Texas man slaughtered 22 people and injured 24 more in El Paso after reportedly expressing outrage at what he terms a "Hispanic invasion".

"These are not new laws, nor is the enforcement of them new", acting ICE director Matt Albence said Wednesday.

Illegal alien workers were largely off-limits during the Obama era, when arrests plummeted from more than 1,600 individuals in fiscal year 2009 to 106 in fiscal 2016. "And the arrests and warrants that were executed today are just another step in that investigation".

America's Latino and immigrant communities are still reeling after a white terrorist directly targeted the Latino community in a mass shooting. It said it wasn't yet sure how many of its employees had been detained by ICE.

Iraheta's video shows an officer noting that the mother is being processed "because she doesn't have papers to be here legally", then later telling the crying girl that her mother would be released and wouldn't be deported. Because the young girl is a United States citizen, her mother will not be deported, the officer says.

Nora Preciado, a supervising attorney at the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), told the BBC that, in many workplace raids, "ICE often singles out people in a discriminatory fashion by focusing only on the Latino workers, and there are many incidents of excessive force during the detention and arrests".

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Wednesday was the first day of school for many MS school districts, and my Facebook feed was filled with pictures of kids posing in their new clothes or freshly laundered uniforms. Others returned from school to discover that their parents had been taken. "Now their kids maybe are alone".

Around 600 ICE agents participated the a wide-scale raid on Wednesday. He said he also drove home a person who had hidden from authorities inside the plant.

More than 100 civil rights activists, union organizers and clergy members in MS denounced the raid, but the state's Republican Gov. Phil Bryant commended federal immigration authorities for the arrests, tweeting that anyone in the country illegally has to "bear the responsibility of that federal violation". Images of children In tears waiting at school, assuming the worst had happened, quickly went viral.

In New Mexico, last week's requests for employee records were sent to several officials with the state's Department of Workplace Solutions, according to emails obtained by the Journal.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba called the raids "dehumanizing and ineffective," in a statement on Facebook.

Gabriela Rosales, right, confers with friends outside the employee entrance to the Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Aug. 8, 2019, that was raided Wednesday by USA immigration officials. At Wednesday's press conference, Hurst said that he couldn't comment on an ongoing matter when asked by a reporter whether or not those who knowingly employed the illegal aliens would face consequences. "And I think it's to cause terror and fear - just fear of living your daily life", she added.

Among the facilities targeted in Wednesday's operation was a Peco Foods processing plant in Canton. "Let them go!" before two more buses arrived.

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