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Illinois Leaders Warn Illegal Aliens of Possible ICE Raids

Illinois Leaders Warn Illegal Aliens of Possible ICE Raids”

Immigrant rights advocates, religious leaders and local officials have criticised the raids, noting that a number of children returned to empty homes after the arrests, which occurred on the first day of school.

Shortly after the raids in MS that led to the detention of at least 680 undocumented immigrants, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement field offices across the country were instructed to identify at least two locations in their regions as potential targets for workplace enforcement operations, the source said.

"Humanitarian grounds" were cited for the reason behind most of the releases.

Three Democratic congressmen are demanding that the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice produce documents related to immigration raids at seven MS chicken processing plants. "They all cry for their parents to be released".

Cynthia, who worked at Koch Foods in Morton, said numerous people detained had small children or babies.

Nearly all of the MS chicken plants raided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on Wednesday were "willfully and unlawfully" employing people without proper work documentation authorizing them to hold jobs in the us, according to unsealed court documents. "When people see what they saw", he said, "they know that they're not staying here".

Cynthia said ICE agents said she could go home because she was her daughter's caretaker.

"It was very devastating to see all those kids crying, having seen their parents for the last time."

Handcuffed female workers are escorted into a bus for transportation to a processing center following a raid by us immigration officials at a Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. But a statement released Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of MS said that approximately 300 of them had been released. Those people were not held, but probably won't be able to resume their old jobs because the federal government alleges they are here illegally.

Officials added that others would be released if they were pregnant, had small children at home, or had serious health problems.

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Space to detain workers was running out, even overnight, because the number of people in custody is hovering near all-time highs. The agency has been housing thousands more than its budgeted capacity of 45,274 people, largely because of an unprecedented surge of Central American families arriving at the Mexican border.

Koch Foods, one of the country's largest poultry producers based in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge, said in a statement today that it follows strict procedures to make sure full-time employees are eligible to work in the country.

L. Patricia Ice, legal project director for the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance, has worked with the state's immigrant community for more than two decades and has visited several of the state's chicken factories in that time. At one point, about 70 family, friends and residents waved goodbye and shouted, "Let them go!"

"These raids send a real signal to immigrant workers not to speak up, and we feel like these raids enable employers in the most risky industry to cut corners and violate labor standards", Debbie Berkowitz, former OSHA chief of staff, told Payday Report Wednesday.

"Today, through the hard work of these men and women, we are once again becoming a nation of laws", US Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Mike Hurst said as he announced the arrests. Department of Homeland Security agents purportedly contacted local schools, with contact information to be passed on to any immigrant children whose parents suddenly vanished.

They said the secretive operation to arrest undocumented immigrants was successful, despite images of weeping children left alone after their parents were caught up in the sweep.

Federal officials failed to notify the Mississippi Child Protective Services of the raids, making it extremely hard for the agency to do its job.

The company said its Morton plant employs more than 1,000 people.

"Their doors are locked, and they won't answer their doors."

HSI officials also provided cell phones to the undocumented immigrants, allowing them to make arrangements for their children or other dependent.



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