U.S. immigration authorities raided seven different food processing plants on Wednesday. Most, if not all, of the unidentified companies reportedly process chicken. Several Mississippi communities near Jackson were turned upside down as the “largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our nation’s history” unfolded. Six rural communities were involved.
“We are a nation of laws, and we will remain so by continuing to enforce our laws and ensuring that justice is done,” proclaimed Mike Hurst, U.S. attorney for Mississippi’s Southern District. “The execution of federal search warrants today was simply about enforcing the rule of law in our state and throughout our great country.”
The mayor of one affected city, William Truly Jr., representing Canton, acknowledges that the agents are lawfully doing their jobs and not targeting all Latinos, only the illegal ones.
“I recognize that ICE comes under the Department of Homeland Security, and this is an order of the United States. There’s nothing I don’t think anybody can do about it. After speaking with the agents, I now know that they are identifying illegal immigrants, versus those who are legal, and rounding them up, putting them in buses and carrying them away.”
Even though he recognizes that the agents are following the law to the letter, Truly felt compelled to echo the main talking point of the liberal media. “My main concern is now, what happens to the children?”
The children will be just fine.
Acting ICE director Matt Albence explained to the press exactly how his agency works closely with schools to help “find placement” for children, when their parents are taken into custody. “Most of the time, they’re placed with another family member,” but each case gets handled one-by-one. “Some of the parents that were arrested will be released and placed on an ankle monitor throughout proceedings.”
The main stream networks have resorted to blowing social media posts out of proportion, just so they can make President Donald Trump look bad. They are focusing the optics on family separations. The media apparently wants to ignore the way Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was shredded by former ICE Director, Thomas Homan on the subject during a recent hearing.
Ocasio-Cortez didn’t seem to understand what Homan was saying, so he spelled it out for her. “The same as it is whenever a U.S. citizen parent gets arrested when they’re with a child. If I get arrested for DUI and I have a young child in the car, I’m gonna be separated. When I was a police officer in New York and I arrested a father for domestic violence, I separated that father from their family.” AOC looked like she was about to cry. “When you’re in the country illegally, it’s a violation of 8 United States Code 13:25,” he added.
When asked if the high profile raid was a response to the recent wave of mass shootings, U.S. Attorney Hurst dismissed the idea as nonsense. “These are not new laws, nor is the enforcement of them new,” Albence reminded. “The arrests today were the result of a year-long criminal investigation. And the arrests and warrants that were executed today are just another step in that investigation.”
“This operation began over a year ago. You don’t bring over 650 special agents from across the country into the Southern District of Mississippi in a matter of three days without preparation for months and months and months. This operation had been planned way before that, and we intended to carry it out.”
One “senior immigration official” told CNN that “ICE used confidential informants” who worked at several of the plants “to identify managers or supervisors who knew they were hiring undocumented workers.” They even obtained audio and video surveillance tapes.
“HSI’s work-site enforcement efforts are equally focused on aliens who unlawfully seek work in the U.S. as well as the employers who knowingly hire them,” Relates New Orleans Special Agent in Charge Jere Miles.
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officials for Peco Foods confirmed that their facilities in three cities were raided in the roundup, Bay Springs, Canton, and Sebastopol. “We are fully cooperating with the authorities in their investigation and are navigating a potential disruption of operations. We adhere strongly to all local, state and federal laws including utilizing the government-based E-Verify program which screens new hires through the Social Security Administration as well as the Department of Homeland Security for compliance.”
Officials aren’t saying if any of the plant managers will be arrested because the investigation is ongoing.