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The operation is also the largest single-state sting in history, according to officials.
  • They occurred in small towns outside of Jackson in which the workforce was mostly Latino.
  • 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.
  • Authorities executed federal criminal search warrants as well as a number of search warrants for individuals in the country illegally, officials said.

U.S. IMMIGRATION authorities on Wednesday arrested 680 immigrants at their workplaces in Mississippi in what marks the largest workplace raid in at least a decade.

Authorities targeted seven food processing plants in the raids, which have reportedly been planned for months. They occurred in small towns outside of Jackson in which the workforce was mostly Latino.

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The raids coincided with a visit by President Donald Trump to El Paso, Texas, where a gunman on Saturday opened fire in a Walmart, killing at least 22 people. The shooter uploaded an anti-immigrant screed to the internet before the rampage, and the Walmart where the shooting took place is frequented by Mexican nationals and El Paso residents, many of whom are Latino.

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.

federal criminal search warrants
Authorities executed federal criminal search warrants

Wednesday’s operation was carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi, according to a statement from officials.

Authorities executed federal criminal search warrants as well as a number of search warrants for individuals in the country illegally, officials said.

“The execution of federal search warrants today was simply about enforcing the rule of law in our state and throughout our great country,” Mike Hurst, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, said in a statement.

” I commend these federal agents, our state and local law enforcement partners, and our federal prosecutors for their professionalism and dedication to ensure that those who violate our laws are held accountable.

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