A year after Mississippi ICE raids, chicken plants face few penalties as families suffer
By Alissa Zhu, and Maria Clark, Mississippi Clarion Ledger
The ICE operation in Mississippi was the largest in a series of escalating worksite raids in recent years, said Wendy Cervantes, director of immigration and immigrant families at the Center for Law and Social Policy, who researched the impacts of raids in Mississippi and other states.
Cervantes and other immigrant advocates have criticized how federal agents executed the raids in Mississippi. She described the raids as “aggressive and militaristic” and Mississippians she interviewed likened it to a terrorist attack, Cervantes said.
“The cruelty with how individuals were treated seemed completely unnecessary. I talked to one mother who didn’t have an opportunity to use the bathroom or clean herself for more than two days. She was suffering from infection,” Cervantes said.
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