Almost 700 people DETAINED in Mississippi ICE raids

Almost 700 people DETAINED in Mississippi ICE raids

Almost 700 people DETAINED in Mississippi ICE raids

"ICE HSI's worksite enforcement program is a key element in deterring illegal immigration to the USA, since the vast majority of illegal aliens will attempt to gain employment after they arrive and embed in the U.S.".

In Morton, Mississippi immigration agents arrested 680 people at chicken processing plant.

Koch Foods didn't respond to telephone calls and emails seeking comment. They occurred in small towns near Jackson with a workforce made up largely of Latino immigrants, including Bay Springs, Carthage, Canton, Morton, Pelahatchie and Sebastapol.

Two people are taken into custody by ICE agents at a Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton, Miss., one of seven food processing plants targeted for coordinated raids in the state.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Matthew Albence told The Associated Press that the arrest count from Wednesday's raids may make it the largest workplace sting in more than a decade and probably the largest ever for a single state.

About 600 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents surrounded the perimeters of a Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton to prevent workers from fleeing during the raids. Asked about their coinciding with Trump's visit to El Paso, Albence responded, "This is a long-term operation that's been going on".

The operation comes weeks after planned nationwide raids that were said to target some 2,000 immigrants in the country illegally resulted in the arrest of only a handful of people.

On Wednesday, a hangar at a Mississippi Air National Guard base in Flowood, adjoining the Jackson airport, was set up to process those who were detained.

Koch Foods, based in Park Ridge, Illinois, is one of the largest poultry producers in the United States, with an estimated annual revenue of $3.2bn. The Morton plant produces more than 700,000 tons of poultry feed a year, company officials said in February.

It is not yet known what criminal activities prompted the federal criminal warrant and the involvement of the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The terms of the workers' releases were unclear. Agents collected the bags before they boarded buses.

Some of the more famous examples were those at Pilgrim's Pride facilities in 2008 and a massive raid at a kosher meat plant in the same year. "It is especially sickening that days after immigrants were targeted by a gunman in El Paso, Texas, workers at plants across MS witnessed armed agents descending on their workplace".

"This will affect the economy", Maria Isabel Ayala, a child care worker for plant employees, said as the buses left. Barack Obama avoided them, limiting his workplace immigration efforts to low-profile audits that were done outside of public view. 'Without them here, how will you get your chicken?'

In a statement, Peco Foods confirmed the raids at three of the locations, and said the company was cooperating with authorities. The company added that it participated in E-Verify, a government program to screen new hires for immigration status.

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