ICE raid nabs 680 in Mississippi…but 300 are promptly released

With immigration maintaining its status as a hot-button item here in America, all eyes were in Mississippi this week.

Concerns over the state of immigration in America have certainly reached a fever pitch.  There is an undeniable crisis occurring on our southern border, as waves of migrants arrive in well-organized caravans arrive and droves, overwhelming those sworn to uphold our immigration laws.  How best to handle this influx has sparked a contentious political debate the nation over, with many on the far left demonizing the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the process.

As these law agencies attempt to maintain law and order they have been routinely stymied by state and local officials, adding to the confusion and chaos.

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Now, after a massive ICE raid in Mississippi apprehended nearly 700 undocumented migrants, approximately 300 of these immigrants have been released.

A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that it had released nearly half of the 680 people detained in Wednesday’s massive raid of seven food processing plants in Mississippi.

ICE said that 300 people captured in what it called the largest ever raid in a single state had been released that same day, according to a press release issued Thursday.

Concern for the children of those arrested was cited as one reason for the leniency.

Thirty of those released were let go on “humanitarian grounds,” according to the press release issued by ICE and Mike Hurst, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. That appears to include single parents or one of a set of parents if both were captured in the raid. “Based on these procedures, it is believed that all children were with at least one of their parents as of last night,” the release stated.

The remainder of the 270 who were released were done so after processing by the Department of Homeland Security.

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