Exclusive: Man detained by ICE speaks with 12 News

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CANTON, Miss. (WJTV)- In a 12 News exclusive, a Mississippi man says he is still in shock after being detained by ICE agents who raided Peco Foods in Canton Wednesday.

Homeland Security officials say agents executed a federal search warrant on a total of seven businesses, looking for undocumented workers- In total, around 680 of them were detained.

Juan Garcia said he had just finished his shift when the agents showed up.

“All I seen was flicks and 223’s,” Garcia said.

“They had the handguns out. They had them out. Is this real? I didn’t think it was really real at the time, but I was just thinking about how they treated me and my coworkers- everyone who works together. We are all friends.”

Garcia said he was able to prove his citizenship to agents, but his father is currently detained in Natchez.

Tune in Saturday night at 10 p.m., as 12 News’ Shay O’connor will have more on this exclusive story.

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