ICE releases around 300 undocumented workers after massive raid 2019.
The Ministry of Justice said some of the launches had a humanitarian purpose.
The US Immigration and Customs Service announced Thursday that it released hundreds of people arrested on Wednesday in a large-scale operation.
ICE officers arrested some 680 undocumented workers during the Mississippi raid. A federal prosecutor said the descent into several food processing plants was the “largest single-state immigration enforcement operation” in US history.
“Although we are a nation of immigrants, we are first and foremost a nation of laws,” said Mike Hurst, federal prosecutor for the South Mississippi District.
Authorities released about 300 people. Many of them received notices of appearance before an immigration judge. Although they are not detained, it is unlikely that they will stay in their former job because of their immigration status.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Justice Ministry said some of the launches had a humanitarian purpose. The ministry said the officers asked each person if she had children at home. Then any child who was left without a father after the raid had a father released.
According to the Associated Press, ICE also said it released more than a dozen detained workers because they themselves were children, one of whom was only 14 years old.