Hundreds of Illegal Immigrants Arrested in Mississippi ICE Raids

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Posted: Aug 08, 2019 8:30 AM
Hundreds of Illegal Immigrants Arrested in Mississippi ICE Raids

Source: AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday its officers detained roughly 680 “removable aliens” after raiding seven food processing plants in Mississippi.

"The execution of federal search warrants today was simply about enforcing the rule of law in our state and throughout our great country," U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst said in a statement. "I commend these federal agents, our state and local law enforcement partners, and our federal prosecutors for their professionalism and dedication to ensure that those who violate our laws are held accountable."

The operation, which involved nearly 600 agents, targeted plants in Bay Springs, Carthage, Canton, Morton, Pelahatchie and Sebastapol. 

"All the unlawfully present foreign nationals arrested Wednesday are being interviewed by ICE staff to record any potential mitigating humanitarian situations," ICE said in a statement. "Based on these interviews, and consideration of their criminality and prior immigration history, ICE is determining on a case-by-case basis based on the totality of the circumstances which individuals will be detained and which persons may be released from custody at present."

Jere Miles, HSI New Orleans Special Agent in Charge, said in a statement that enforcement efforts are focused on both the illegal alien employees and the employers who hired them knowing their immigration status.