Large Scale ICE Raids in Mississippi🏃🏽‍♂️

Rogelio V. Solis / AP

Rogelio V. Solis / AP

How large is ‘large’?

On Wednesday, approximately 600 ICE agents raided seven food processing facilities across Mississippi and arrested around 680 people believed to be working without authorization. This marks the largest single-state, workplace enforcement operation in the past decade and more. 

What's next?

The arrested workers were taken by bus to a local National Guard base, where they are being processed for immigration violations. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Mississippi, some detainees will be released, to appear in U.S. immigration court, while others will be transported to another ICE facility in Louisiana. 


Breitbart: ICE arrests 680 illegal aliens in largest single-state raid in U.S. history

Fox News: ICE raids on Mississippi food processing plants result in 680 arrests

Right-leaning news sites tend to focus on how the execution of federal raids serves to enforce the U.S. rules of law. Many quote U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst on how, “without the enforcement of law, there is no justice,” and his denial that the raid had anything to do with race. Some also speak of the vulnerabilities that illegal workers create in the marketplace, bringing up the negative consequence of potential identity theft. 


New York Times: ICE arrests hundreds in Mississippi raids targeting immigrant workers

The Guardian: US arrests 680 workers in immigration sting before Trump visits El Paso

Left-leaning sources draw quotes from various immigration rights advocacy groups, highlighting the separation of immigrant families, as well as the negative effects such raids bring to the economy. Many also bring up how the raids took place hours before President Trump was scheduled to visit El Paso, in response to the shooting there last weekend, and question the role of race in such raids. 

Where is the common ground?

The left and the right have little in common regarding their opinions of the detainees, with the left calling them immigrant workers and the right, illegal aliens. Both sides mention the considerable scale of this most recent raid, but refrain from commenting directly on its implications. 

Sometimes it's hard to find a middle ground.



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