Dozens released after massive MS immigration raids

A man is taken into custody at a Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton Mississippi on Wednesday

A man is taken into custody at a Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton Mississippi on Wednesday

The largest single-state worksite raid in our nation's history uncovered almost 700 illegal aliens right here in Mississippi. The suspected gunman was linked to an online screed about a "Hispanic invasion", in language that echoed Donald Trump's rhetoric on immigration.

Workers rounded up in that raid filled three buses - two for men and one for women - before they were taken to a military hangar to be processed for immigration violations.

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

On the allegation that the raid was spicing up the Trump news on El Paso's visit, Albence said: "This is a long-term operation that's been going on and raids are always "racially neutral" and illegal residency is the sole basis for action".

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. One federal prosecutor reportedly described the coordinate raids as "the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our nation's history".

The largest single state immigration enforcement operation in the US history took place on August 7.

USA immigration authorities arrested about 680 undocumented immigrants at seven sites in six different cities in MS on Wednesday.

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. The former owner of the Tennessee plant was sentenced to 18 months in prison last month.

Meanwhile, the ICE immigration raids were slammed by Bill Chandler, executive director of the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance. Forbes ranks it as the 135th largest privately held company in the country, with an estimated $3.2 billion in annual revenue, according to Fortune. The Morton plant produces more than 700,000 tons of poultry feed a year, company officials said in February. Mike Hurst, the US attorney for MS, was at the scene. Obama "avoided" such actions, the Associated Press explains, "limiting workplace immigration efforts to low-profile audits". Workers' wrists were tied with plastic bands and they deposited personal belongings in clear plastic bags.

TV footage showed lines of arrested migrants heading to buses parked outside the processing plants with their hands behind their backs under the watchful eyes of ICE agents.

"This will affect the economy", Maria Isabel Ayala, a child care worker for plant employees, said as the buses left. 'Without them here, how will you get your chicken?'

"We are fully cooperating with the authorities in their investigation and are navigating a potential disruption of operations", Peco, based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, said in a statement. The company added that it participates in E-Verify, a government program to screen new hires for immigration status.

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