MISSISSIPPI – SOME 300 people have been released after being arrested in a massive rain in Mississippi on Wednesday.
Close to 700 workers from seven agricultural processing plants were arrested for allegedly not having proper documentation to be in the US.
The raids sparked condemnation from Democrats as stories emerged of children separated from their parents, US media reported.
Officials said they took steps to ensure any children were properly cared for.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said “approximately 680 removable aliens” had been detained during the operation, which saw agents arriving in buses to question and arrest workers at the plants, the BBC noted.
In June, President Donald Trump announced an immigration crackdown saying “millions of illegal aliens who (had) found their way into the US” would be removed.