It took greater than a 12 months to plan the operation that led to the arrest of about 680 immigrants in Mississippi, officers mentioned.
US Legal professional for the Southern District of Mississippi Mike Hurst mentioned the raid was a results of cautious planning and a prolonged investigation.
“This operation started over a 12 months in the past. You do not deliver over 650 particular brokers from throughout the nation into the Southern District of Mississippi in a matter of three days with out preparation for months and months and months,” he mentioned.
Fears are operating excessive within the immigrant group: Simply days earlier than the arrests, a gunman who apparently espoused anti-immigrant views, killed 22 folks at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas.
Hurst mentioned due to the intensive planning, officers deliberate to hold out the raid whatever the timing.
“So whereas the tragedies this weekend across the nation are horrific, this operation had been deliberate approach earlier than that, and we meant to hold it out,” he mentioned.