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ICE Ambushes Mississippi Poultry Plants in Largest Single-State Raid in History

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The Jackson Free Press reported:

"Babies and toddlers remained at daycare with no guardian to pick them up. A child vainly searched a workplace parking lot for missing parents."

Condemning the raids as "dehumanizing," Jackson, Mississippi Mayor Chokwe Lumumba said:

"I'm calling upon faith institutions in our community to become sanctuaries for our immigrant neighbors and protect them from potential harm. The City of Jackson strongly objects to the Trump administration's ICE raids."

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Calling the massive raids "an act of terrorism" against immigrant communities, Deputy Executive Director of @UNITEDWEDREAM, Greisa Martínez Rosas tweeted:

"Just days after the El Paso massacre where a gun wielding maniac parroted Trump's anti-immigrant hate, a battalion of ICE agents abducted 680 Latinx and immigrant men and women on Trump's orders. For anyone who tries to desensitize the situation or blur the connections between the acts of terror this week I call bullshit. Latinx and immigrant kids and families have been terrorized this week. It is time for both parties in Congress to stop giving ICE and [Customs and Border Protection] billions of dollars and to hold them accountable. ICE and CBP are the armed, taxpayer funded extension of Trump's anti-immigrant hate and must be stopped."

The Guardian reported dozens of children, some as young as toddlers, were picked up from school and transferred to makeshift shelters.

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Lea Anne Brandon, Mississippi's department of child protection services, told the New York Times her agency has no idea how many children were taken or where they are.

Donald Trump's war on immigrants and their children just hit a new, awful low--if that were even possible.

In the two and half years since Trump promised his Gestapo deportation force, ICE has started using DNA testing technology to identify migrants posing as families in order to gain entry to the United States at seven locations along the U.S./Mexico Southern border.

It is been mining without warrants or subpoenas millions of Utah, New York, Vermont, and Washington drivers' license photos for possible facial recognition matches in an attempt to ensnare undocumented immigrants.

It has stalked immigrants in human trafficking court.

It has led to several asylum seekers' deaths in its custody.

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It and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have been responsible for harassing journalists, lawyers, and activists for meeting with or aiding asylum seekers from the Honduran caravan on the Mexican side of the border.

It has led to the death of a Salvadoran transgender woman.

It has perpetrated what democratic presidential candidates have cited as kidnapping in its separation of children from their parents.

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Officials say that undocumented immigrants commit "crime". So it sounds like those officials are good guys against crime....but that concern is so arbitrary that the mind reels. It's as absurd as "right to lifers" who support wars, guns, and the death penalty.

This immigrant "crime" hurts no one, steals nothing from anyone, threatens or endangers no one, and involves no controlled substances. Further, those "criminals" pay taxes and contribute to the general economy by their purchases and their (under-paid) work.

Isn't it that a crime must have a victim? No victim is brought forward to testify for the prosecution against an undocumented immigrant.

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