“Constant fear” persists after massive Mississippi raids on undocumented workers

In what officials touted as the largest single-state immigration enforcement sweep in U.S. history, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents rounded up nearly 700 undocumented immigrants at seven food processing plants in Mississippi on Wednesday.

News Story (Mississippi)

Camilo Montoya-Galvez
CBS News
August 8, 2019

Tags: ICE Raids

Organizations mentioned/involved: Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ)


By Thursday afternoon, authorities had released nearly 300 of the workers, mostly on “humanitarian grounds.”

But Amelia McGowan, an attorney for the Mississippi Center for Justice, said the large-scale operation will still have lasting effects on many families.

“Everybody is in removal proceedings now. They are facing that process and we’re trying to get them legal help,” McGowan told CBS News, noting that all apprehended workers are served with notices to appear in court, regardless of whether they are released. “But they are living in constant fear that this can happen again.”