Mass immigration arrests in Mississippi

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9:49 a.m. ET, August 8, 2019

Bernie Sanders on raids: "This is evil"

Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidiate, called the Wednesday ICE raids in Mississippi "evil."

"Our job is to reject Trump's racist agenda, end the terror inflicted on immigrant communities and bring families together, not tear them apart," he tweeted.

9:19 a.m. ET, August 8, 2019

680 undocumented immigrants were arrested yesterday. It may be the biggest single-state raid in US history.

US immigration authorities have detained some 680 undocumented immigrants in what a federal prosecutor described as a record-setting operation.

US Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Mike Hurst told reporters the arrests took place at seven sites in six different cities in Mississippi on Wednesday. The raids, he said, are "believed to be the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our nation's history."

Officials declined to provide details about what sites had been targeted, citing what they said was an ongoing criminal investigation. CNN affiliates reported the raids at food-processing plants throughout the state.