Days After Attacks Targeting Latinos, ICE Arrest 700 Workers In Largest Single-State Raid In History
680 workers at plants across Mississippi were hauled off for "processing."
"Children finished their first day of school with no parents to go home to tonight. Babies and toddlers remained at daycare with no guardian to pick them up. A child vainly searched a workplace parking lot for missing parents," reports the Jackson Free Press.
This morning in cities across Mississippi, children were starting their first day of school, and ICE was carrying out the "largest single-state worksite enforcement action in (the) nation's history," according to United States Attorney Mike Hurst's office. The raid comes just days after a series of race-based domestic terrorist attacks targeting Latinos.
Shep on the recent massive immigration raids in Mississippi— Lis Power (@LisPower1) August 7, 2019
SHEP: "A 13-year-old child, standing with his father, watching his mother put on a bus. Morton, Mississippi, 600 people rounded up and families separated with a little boy waving goodbye." pic.twitter.com/1zDfeVsWHT
Hurst, who coordinated with ICE to arrange the raids on 7 food-processing plants, released a statement this afternoon commending the federal agents, prosecutors, and local law enforcement who participated in rounding up the "illegal aliens." "The execution of federal search warrants today was simply about enforcing the rule of law in our state and throughout our great country," the statement reads.
Unfortunately for the 680 men and women zip-tied and hauled off to a military hanger for "processing," the situation isn't so simple. The Jackson Free Press reports that workers were arrested indiscriminately; Hurst said ICE would "sort" them later.
When one worker protested, he was knocked to the ground, handcuffed and tased before law enforcement realized that he was an American citizen.
Bill Chandler, President of MIRA, the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, says his office is fielding calls from distressed family members. "We're now trying to deal with schools because of the children that may be left behind by ICE," said Chandler.
Scared kids were left alone, crying in the street, relying on the kindness of strangers.
According to the Free Press, "Children finished their first day of school with no parents to go home to tonight. Babies and toddlers remained at daycare with no guardian to pick them up. A child vainly searched a workplace parking lot for missing parents."
HAPPENING NOW: In Forrest, Mississippi where one of the #ICE raids happened nearby Children of those who were arrested are left alone in the streets crying for help. Strangers and neighbors are taking them to a local gym to be put up for the night. FULL STORY TONIGHT ON @WJTV. pic.twitter.com/s2zuTTRYfM— Alex Love (@AlexLoveWJTV) August 8, 2019
"The American economy loses a work force that is contributing in more ways than we can imagine," Noorani says. "And, along the way, we are no safer."