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Howard immigration raid commemorated

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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance held a commemoration service Tuesday to remember those arrested during the Howard Industries illegal immigration raid on Aug. 25, 2008.

Several dozen people gathered at the Cameron Center in Laurel to pray for the families and children of the 600 illegal immigrants who were arrested at Howard Industries a year ago. Authorities said it was the largest raid in U.S. history. 

There was a low turnout for Tuesday night's vigil. MIRA Executive Director Bill Chandler attributed it to fear among the Hispanic community.

"There has been such an atmosphere of terror in the Latino community, not just in Mississippi but all over the United States," said Chandler. "It is hard for people in their view to take the risk to go to a public event. Now people are here because they are serious about marking the anniversary."

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