Koch says it's cooperating with the investigation and is "diligent" in complying with employment laws, the Associated Press is reporting. Tomas, speaking in Spanish, said he has a cousin with two children who was detained in one of the raids.
The move is the largest sting since 2008, where 400 people were arrested and detained in Postville, Iowa, at the Agriprocessors, Inc. kosher slaughterhouse and meatpacking plant.
Trump has adopted a hard line on immigration - both legal and illegal - since coming to office in 2017.
McAleenan said he knew of the raid in advance but didn't directly answer the question about Trump's knowledge saying, "So, the president doesn't run law enforcement operations".
Around 600 ICE operators touched base at the chicken handling plants, claimed by five distinct organizations, in the towns of Bay Springs, Canton, Carthage, Morton, Pelahatchie and Sebastopol.
According to a statement from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), some children will be provisionally released after determining whether they have a USA citizenship and what immigration history they have.
You can see the aftermath of one of the ICE raids in Morton in the video below. That spoilage could lead to major maintenance issues and health problems for the remaining workers, who will have to take on added job duties with the absence of their colleagues, Lurie said. But she is grateful for how kind an ICE officer was to her daughter.
The acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection defended the decision to conduct a recording-breaking operation, and he made clear that his agency's crackdown of illegal immigration is not exclusively focused on violent criminals. "I don't know what I'm going to do".
He said the young girl, Magdalena Gomez Gregorio, saw her mother, who was home, shortly after the viral video of her sobbing was recorded.
"Our brothers and sisters, our fellow citizens - 6 years old, 5 years old, 7 years old, 11 years old - they left to go to school yesterday, excited about education, and terror hit them while they were gone", said the Reverend James Evans, a co-founder of the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance. Hours later, witnesses said, the girl's mother was released. There's no word yet on what will happen to the other 380 detainees.
State Rep. Tom Miles, D-Forest, whose district includes several of the plants where the raids took place, said most of the women detained were released Wednesday night so they could be home with their children.
Those detained were taken to a Mississippi National Guard hangar for questioning. And that ICE's priorities will always be to go after criminal aliens as a priority.
The companies involved could be charged with knowingly hiring workers who are in the county illegally and will be scrutinised for tax, document and wage fraud, Albence said.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba condemned the raids as "dehumanising and ineffective".
Mississippi's Republican Governor Phil Bryant commended ICE for the arrests, tweeting that anyone in the country illegally has to "bear the responsibility of that federal violation", but more than 100 local civil rights activists, union organisers and clergy members denounced the raid. But advocates have long denounced the disparity between the prosecution of unauthorized immigrants and the people who employ them.