Around 300 of the 680 people detained during yesterday ICE raids in Mississippi have reportedly been released, according to an ICE spokesperson.
680 people were detained in raids on several food processing plants in Bay Springs, Carthage, Canton, Morton, Pelahatchie and Sebastapol, before 300 of them were released Wednesday evening. The agency stated that ICE agents “made cellphones available” to allow detainees to make child-care arrangements, according to the Mississippi Clarion-Ledger, and said that any couples or single parents with children at home were released on humanitarian grounds.
The terms of the releases were not clear and ICE has not explicitly stated whether those released had been determined to be undocumented or not. ICE had previously said they would release detainees who were pregnant or had not previously faced immigration proceedings.