300 Migrants Released on Humanitarian Grounds After Mississippi Raids

Hundreds of immigrant workers detained in Mississippi were released Thursday, a day after federal agents arrested 680 undocumented migrants in raids on food-processing plants, the largest such operation in the United States in 10 years.

News Story (Mississippi)

Aline Barros
Voice of America (VOA)
August 8, 2019

Tags: Immigration

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


The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, the Mississippi Center for Justice and a coalition of groups across the state have come together to help those in detention. Attorneys are monitoring the situation and exploring options to assist those affected by the raids.

Cliff Johnson, director of the MacArthur Justice Center, said what happened Wednesday was not the response of Mississippians.

“This doesn’t come from the people. It doesn’t even come from those people who on the larger scale might chant, ‘Build that wall.’ Because in Mississippi, we know each other. … We’ve got our problems. We’re a hot mess at times, but this is not our choice,” he said.