BAY SPRINGS, Miss. (WDAM) - Federal agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and ICE Homeland Security Investigations conducted raids at multiple locations across the state Wednesday.
One of the locations is a Peco chicken plant in Bay Springs.
Witnesses at the scene tell us several people were taken into custody. A total of 680 people were detained in seven raids across Mississippi.
Some of the detained were identified as being eligible for an alternative to detention based on humanitarian reasons, according to a Department of Justice news release. They will be required by Homeland Security to return to their original place of detention and go before a federal immigration judge who will decide if they will be deported.
Family members of those detained can call ICE’s toll-free detainee locator hotline for information about an individual’s location and status as well as the removal process. The number is 1-88-351-4024.
U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst issued the following statement Wednesday:
Peco confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security was onsite Wednesday morning at three of its Mississippi locations. Peco released the following statement to WDAM: