Although it does not have as large of an immigrant and Latino community as states like NY and California, McGowan said MS has seen an increase in residents from Central America, particularly indigenous people from Guatemala, who come to work in the local food processing plants.
CHOKWE ANTAR LUMUMBA: Many of these people give up their life savings to come over here because they're promised an opportunity, only to be, you know, held under the threat of being sent back after everything that they've worked for is now depleted.
"These raids will only further alienate communities from law enforcement, disrupt community policing efforts, and cause law enforcement to forfeit credibility and trust among the people they are sworn to protect and serve", Lumumba said in his statement. Sworn statements identify Huo You Liang of California, known to MS employees as Victor, as owner of both. ICE agents are allowed to come into the public areas of their business like any customer but need a warrant signed by a judge to search the property. "You have them together", Trump said.
Cynthia said numerous people detained had small children or babies.
MS residents have rallied around terrified children left with no parents while migrants locked themselves in their homes for fear of being arrested, a day after the United States' largest immigration raid in a decade. "They're not going to be able to work in the plant".
ICE officials also admitted that they could not make sure all the children went home to a guardian when they got out of school. A spokesman for ICE would only say determinations were made on "a case-by-case basis based on the totality of their circumstances". Indeed, Wednesday's operation comes weeks after planned nationwide raids that were said to target some 2,000 immigrants in the country illegally but which resulted in the arrest of only a handful of people. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst released a statement today, a full day after the raids, maintaining that a system for protecting the children was in place prior to the arrests, although accounts on the ground have said that many children were stranded and terrified with no one to help them.
McGowan is the sole immigration lawyer in her organization, one of the few groups in predominantly rural MS that offer pro-bono legal assistance to migrants and immigrants.
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The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the Koch plant in MS and in September 2016 issued $88,632 in proposed penalties for nine safety violations that resulted in "severe worker injuries", according to an agency release. "As a father, it is very hard for me to imagine how my own children would feel if I didn't come home today", he told the media.
Mary Townsend, director of El Pueblo Immigration Legal Services, joined Radio Sputnik's Loud and Clear on Thursday to discuss the realities of these raids and what they may mean for these close-knit, rural communities.
ICE has been housing thousands more than its budgeted capacity of 45,274 people, mostly due to an unprecedented surge of Central American families arriving at the Mexican border. Peco Foods Inc. located in Canton, Mississippi was also raided.
Mr O'Brien said he visited a number of parishioners whose relatives had been arrested. The Morton plant produces more than 700,000 tons of poultry feed a year, company officials said in February.
For now, she is afraid, she said.
In Forest, Mississippi, strangers and neighbors volunteered to take children with nowhere to go after their parents were detained to a local gym for the night, according to CNN affiliate WJTV.
"Their doors are locked, and they won't answer their doors."