595 Nabbed in Immigration Raid

Biggest alien raid in US history
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2008 3:17 AM CDT
595 Nabbed in Immigration Raid
Members of the Homeland Security ICE team seeking undocumented workers raid Howard Industries in Laurel, Miss.   (AP Photo/George Clark)

(Newser) – In the largest immigration raid in US history, federal agents have arrested 595 suspected illegal aliens at a Mississippi electronics factory. The detainees rounded up Monday included citizens of Peru, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, Brazil and Germany, reports Reuters.

Immigrant activists complained that the raid cast a chill on the town of Laurel and exacted a huge toll on workers. "If you have young children going to school, and they come home and find their parents gone, that is a major crisis," said the director of an immigrants' rights group. "People are very, very fearful." (Read more illegal immigration stories.)

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