Donald Trump had promised massive arrests of undocumented migrants. Operations began and, on Wednesday, August 7, 680 agribusiness employees were apprehended in the state of Mississippi during a massive US Migration Police (ICE) operation. A descent that sparked controversy Thursday.
The raid, which included poultry factories, has been touted as the single largest single-day target for a state for at least a decade, according to the authorities. But the lack of explanations on the reasons for investing these industrial sites on this date - chosen by Donald Trump to pay tribute to the victims of two recent shootings having mourned the Hispanic population - raised questions.
"The very day that the president is supposed to comfort a population in pain and pay homage to the American diversity in El Paso, his administration feeds the fear on the contrary by massive migration roundups in Mississippi," said Democrat Joe Biden, leading the race in the Democrats to become the rival of Donald Trump in the presidential election of 2020.
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Concerns about the separation of children
Other voices worried about the consequences of these arrests having separated families.
"My main concern is: what happens to children?" Wondered CNN William Truly, the mayor of Canton, one of the cities concerned by the anticlandestins operation.
The authorities have ensured that special family situations have been taken into account so that no child is left abandoned.
In the end, some adults, handcuffed during their arrest, were detained pending deportation, others were released, others were summoned to a subsequent court hearing and placed under electronic control. The breakdown of this distribution has not been made public.
Denouncing an "invasion," President Trump recently pledged to speed up the process of deporting "millions" of migrants to the United States illegally.
It accuses them of weighing on the American job market, even if the unemployment rate is at its lowest and that these illegals often occupy positions with great difficulty, especially in the agricultural sector.