In Mississippi, ICE Agents Arrest, Tase
Migrants, Documented or Not
August 08, 2019 "Information
Clearing House" -
Children finished their first day of school
with no parents to go home to tonight.
Babies and toddlers remained at daycare with
no guardian to pick them up. A child vainly
searched a workplace parking lot for missing
#Those are some of the many stories
immigrants' rights advocates told the
Jackson Free Press they heard on Wednesday
in calls with school officials, coworkers
and distressed family members of immigrants
whom ICE rounded up in Mississippi today.
#On Wednesday morning in Mississippi,
the Homeland Security Investigations unit of
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, also
known as ICE , coordinated with the U.S.
Attorney for the Southern District of
Mississippi, Mike Hurst, to carry out what
they called the
"largest single-state worksite enforcement
action in (the) nation's history."
a 2 p.m. press conference, Hurst said
they were rounding up undocumented
immigrants who are working in the United
States or who might have committed some
other crime, but was not specific about
#"Let them go! Let them go!" the
Associated Press reported family members,
including children, crying as Immigration
and Customs Enforcement agents loaded
immigrants onto buses outside a plant where
they worked in Morton, Miss.
#ICE carried out raids in five other
Mississippi cities, including Bay Springs,
Carthage, Sebastopol, Pelahatchie and
Canton. Altogether, ICE rounded up 680
immigrant workers and loaded them onto
buses. Hurst said they would go to a
Louisiana ICE facility for "processing."
#Advocates at the Mississippi Immigrants
Rights Alliance, or MIRA, spent Wednesday
afternoon scrambling to answer calls from
distressed family members and to find out
exactly what was happening. "We're now
trying to deal with schools because of the
children that may be left behind by ICE,"
MIRA President Bill Chandler said.
#'They Tased Him, Knocked Him to
#MIRA organizer Luis Espinoza traveled
to Canton on Wednesday to help families
trying to pick up the pieces and figure out
what to do next, Chandler said. ICE agents
attempted to arrest at least one U.S.
citizen at the plant in Canton, Chandler
#"In Canton, there was a young man who
was working there that protested the arrests
because he was an American citizen,"
Chandler said. "And they tased him, knocked
him to the ground, and put handcuffs on him
before they finally figured out that he was
an American citizen."
#As MIRA understands it, Chandler said,
ICE will "sort" the detainees at a facility
in Jena, La. Some who have prior violations
or have committed felonies will be locked up
in facilities to await deportation trials,
while others will be returned to their homes
at some point with ankle bracelets. That is
tantamount to "house arrest," he said. He
added that he doubts agents will find many,
if any, felons among those arrested today.
#"We're trying to put together all the
pieces of what (Hurst and an ICE
representative) were saying. They were not
real clear at the conference,"
Chandler said. "But we have been talking
to the relatives of the victims, so we'll
know more later on."