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680 Immigrant Workers Arrested by ICE in Mississippi

Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 680 undocumented immigrant workers across six different cities (Bay Springs, Canton, Carthage, Morton, Pelahatchie and Sebastopol) in southern Mississippi on August 07, 2019. The ICE raids took place in several food processing plants. These raids are said to have been the largest single state sweep in the nation’s history. United States Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, Mike Hurst, stated that “While we are a nation of immigrants, more than that, we are first and foremost a nation of laws.” According to Mr. Hurst, ICE relied on criminal and administrative warrants to execute the raids that took place on Wednesday. The question that is on everyone’s mind since this awful event is, what will happen to those who leave their children behind? Many people have stepped up and volunteered to care for the children left behind until a solution for their relocation could be established. A gym owner in Forest, Mississippi by the name of Jordan Barnes volunteered to house some of the children in his Clear Creek Boot Camp and transport them to school for the next day. The raids happened during the first day of school for several of these children. Imagine going to your first day of school only to end the day with the news that your parents were taken away by ICE. Julia Solorzano from the Southern Poverty Law Center stated that, “For a lot of the cities where these raids occurred, it was the first day of school. We know from past immigration enforcement actions of this type, that there are going to be children who go home tonight and their parents will be gone.” No child should ever have to go through this. Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas stated, “Let’s be clear: ICE raids of this scale are not conducted for the purpose of immigration enforcement, they’re to strike fear in our communities in a time when Latinos are already living in terror.” Thankfully many good Samaritans have opened up their homes, businesses and hearts to make sure these children are looked after while their parents go through the immigration process. It’s disheartening seeing authorities use their power to dehumanize people but one thing we should all remember during these times is that love will always trump hate. 

Mercedes Riggs