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ICE raids two Pearl River Co. Mexican restaurants

Immigration officials raided two Mexican restaurants in Pearl River County, including El Vaquero Chido Restaurant in Picayune, but federal officials aren't offering many details about who was detained. (Photo source: David Farrell/Picayune Item) Immigration officials raided two Mexican restaurants in Pearl River County, including El Vaquero Chido Restaurant in Picayune, but federal officials aren't offering many details about who was detained. (Photo source: David Farrell/Picayune Item)
PEARL RIVER COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Immigration officials have raided two Mexican restaurants in Pearl River County, but federal officials aren't offering many details about the raids.    

We followed up on Facebook postings that said immigration agents showed up at Mexican restaurants in Picayune and Poplarville Thursday afternoon and took several people away.

A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement would only tell WLOX News, "Several criminal and administrative arrests occurred and we are presently in the process of verifying the immigration status of a number of these individuals. However, in order to preserve the integrity of the ongoing investigation, we are precluded from making any further comments at this time."    

The Picayune Item newspaper reported the feds shutdown the El Vaquero Chido Restaurant in Picayune and the El Mariachi in Poplarville. In Friday's article, reporter David Farrell quotes Ashley Olmos, who is the girlfriend of an employee at the Picayune restaurant. 

"It's terrible; it's horrible. All these people were trying to do was make an honest living for their families," Olmos told the Picayune Item. "They are hard-working and honest, all of them."

Click here to read the original story in the Picayune Item.     

Federal officials would not say how many people were arrested or whether any more arrests are expected.

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