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United States: several simultaneous raids by the immigration control agency, 680 Latino workers arrested
Workers leave the Koch Foods plant on Wednesday, August 7. ROGELIO V. SOLIS / AP

Near a military hangar in Mississippi, 70 people are waving their hands with tears in their eyes and screaming: "Let them go! AT" to immigration officers. On Wednesday, August 7, US immigration officials conducted several simultaneous raids at seven chicken processing plants in the heart of the Mississippi.

Six hundred and eighty undocumented workers have been arrested, the most important police operation against illegal immigration for at least a decade. In Morton, about sixty kilometers east of Jackson, three buses were re-equipped to transport undocumented migrants from the Koch Food factory to a military hangar .

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Trump in El Paso

These raids, planned for months, were launched while President Donald Trump was traveling to El Paso, Texas, where a racist mass killings, aimed at the Latino community, made 22 dead. "On this day when we are looking for words and deeds that bring together to heal the broken heart of the nation, President Trump allows so many families and communities to be left behind." © ripped  © es "regretted Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Immigrant Law.

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The Mississippi is the fifth largest chicken producing state in the United States, a difficult sector where many illegal workers are found. The economy of Morton and other cities east of Jackson rests on these factories. The companies involved could be accused of knowingly hiring workers who have entered the country illegally and will be subject to close scrutiny in the areas of tax evasion, document fraud and of salary, explained Matthew Albence, the director of the US Federal Border Agency.

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