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August 06, 2020

One Year After Mississippi ICE Raids, Administration Finally Charges Employers

ICE still hasn’t answered for its consistent and blatant targeting of vulnerable populations

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the following statement after the Trump Administration finally announced it has indicted employers and plant managers one year after the August 7, 2019 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids.

“After the largest single-state ICE raid ever, I am glad that the Administration – a year later – is finally taking criminal action against employers and plant managers. However, the Administration still has not answered for the cruel and unnecessary family separation inflicted on hundreds of Mississippi families and how it continues to poorly treat immigrants.  With hundreds left behind, it’s clear that working families, rather than the employers taking advantage of these families, are the ones that continue to suffer from the effects of this raid. ICE must do its part by utilizing discretion in its enforcement to focus on national security threats instead of its consistent and blatant targeting of vulnerable populations. With limited resources, we must all work together to keep everyone in our communities safe."

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