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ICE raided multiple Mississippi sites this morning



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Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided multiple locations in Mississippi this morning, according to numerous media outlets.

Reportedly, the Peco Foods, Inc., chicken plant on Fulton Road in Canton was one of those locations, however the details of the raid, including whether any undocumented immigrants were detained, are unknown. A second Peco plant in Bay Springs, Miss., was also raided, according to WDAM, taking several people into custody.

The Associated Press reports that agents detained employees at a Koch Foods plant in Morton, Miss., 40 miles east of Jackson, and taken on three buses to the Mississippi National Guard base in Flowood, Miss., for processing.

U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst issued the following statement this morning:

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents are executing federal search warrants today at multiple locations across the state of Mississippi as part of a coordinated operation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi pursuant to ongoing HSI administrative and criminal investigations. Additional details will be forthcoming.”

A Homeland Security Department spokeswoman was unable to provide other raid  locations, but did confirm that ICE agents hit “several simultaneous sites” across the state.

A press conference has been scheduled for 2 p.m. in Pearl, Miss.

This story was updated at 1:35 with additional details.

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