ICE Arrests Nearly 700 Migrant Workers During Massive Operation On Day Trump Visits Grieving City
U.S. immigration officials arrested 680 migrant workers after raiding seven Mississippi chicken processing plants Wednesday in single-state, one-day ICE operation in U.S. history, officials said.
The raids hit seven food processing plants in six cities, The Associated Press reports. They’re believed to be the biggest single-state, one-day ICE operation in U.S. history. Most of the workers arrested are Latino.
The raids unfolded as President Donald Trump traveled to El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed Saturday by a man linked to an online screed about the “invasion” of Hispanic immigrants.
Trump has long railed against illegal immigration and began his presidential campaign by declaring that Mexican immigrants are “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime” and that they’re “rapists.”
About 600 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents fanned out across the plants operated by five companies, surrounding the perimeters to prevent workers from fleeing.
“While we are a nation of immigrants, more than that, first and foremost, we are a nation of laws,” said U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst of the Southern District of Mississippi. “They have to come here legally or they shouldn’t come here at all.”
Hurst also chastised businesses for using undocumented immigrants.
“To those who use illegal aliens for competitive advantage or to make a quick buck, we have something to say to you: If we find that you have violated federal criminal law, we’re coming after you,” he said.
The detained workers were expected to be processed at a hangar at the Mississippi National Guard in Flowood, near Jackson.