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House Democrat criticizes Mississippi chicken plant raids

It’s “disappointing” that President Donald Trump’s administration is selectively enforcing laws to apprehend immigrant workers who are in the U.S. illegally but not prosecute employers, a U.S. House committee chairman said Thursday. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and House Homeland Security Committee chairman, made the criticism during a hearing about federal immigration raids in August at seven Mississippi chicken processing ...

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Immigration agency sets new contract with Mississippi prison

A privately run prison in Mississippi says it has a new five-year contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The Natchez Democrat reported that the Adams County Correctional Center, operated by CoreCivic, says the contract will add 50 jobs, and provide the county with about 50 cents per inmate per day, which could boost county revenue by $400,000 a year. ...

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Rev: 2 Mississippi congregations halved by immigration raids

FOREST — The reverend of a Mississippi church says raids by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement have decimated his congregation. The Rev. Roberto Mena tells The Clarion Ledger that his Forest congregation and that of a sister church in Morton were halved by the Aug. 7 raids on Mississippi food processing plants. Mena says he and a majority of his ...

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O’Rourke visits Mississippi towns targeted in ICE raids

Democrat Beto O’Rourke has become the first presidential candidate to visit one of the Mississippi towns where federal agents raided chicken processing plants and arrested nearly 700 people for being in the country illegally. The former Texas congressman resumed campaigning Friday after suspending his White House bid for nearly two weeks and staying in his hometown of El Paso, where ...

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ICE raids raise question: What about the employers?

The images of children crying after their parents were arrested in a massive immigration raid in Mississippi revived a longstanding complaint: Unauthorized workers are jailed or deported, while the managers and business owners who profit from their labor often go unprosecuted. Under President Donald Trump, the number of business owners and managers who face criminal charges for employing unauthorized workers ...

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After Mississippi ICE raids, job fair draws hopeful workers

FOREST — Days after immigration agents arrested 680 Latino workers in a massive workplace sting at seven Mississippi chicken processing plants, job seekers flocked to an employment fair Monday in hopes of filling some of those now-empty positions. Koch Foods, based near Chicago, held the job fair to recruit new workers at one of its Morton plants, after Immigration and ...

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BECKY GILLETTE — Immigration arrests at poultry plants were a disaster

This past week there were the kind of emergency food drives in Central Mississippi normally reserved for disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes. In this case, the disaster was immigration raids that resulted in the arrests of 680 people while they were at work at poultry processing plants in the area. About 600 agents from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) armed ...

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‘Let our voices be heard’: March against immigration raids

CANTON — The children of Sacred Heart Catholic Church streamed out into Mississippi’s heat on a blistering Sunday afternoon, carrying what they said was a message of opposition against immigration raids their parents could not. “I will not sit in silence while my parents are taken away,” read a sign carried by two Hispanic boys. They were among a group ...

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DENNIS SEID: No easy solutions to immigration, but something must be done

“The bosom of America is open to receive not only the Opulent and respected Stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all Nations and Religions; whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges.” No less than George Washington uttered those words two centuries ago – but do they still apply? Should they still apply? Then ...

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UPDATE — Documents suggest employment problems at plants

Federal officials say evidence from electronic monitoring bracelets shows that people who already had been arrested for immigration violations and weren’t allowed to work in the United States were working at all seven chicken processing plants that were raided Wednesday in Mississippi. Documents unsealed Thursday in federal court also suggest allege six of seven the plants were “willfully and unlawfully” ...

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