Congressman Bennie Thompson holds ICE raids hearing

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV)- Congressman Bennie G. Thompson opened up the hearing with a summary of what happened on August 7, the day of the ICE raids in Mississippi.

The hearing purpose is to give committee members the opportunity to learn how the Trump Administration, and ICE specifically, has impacted communities across Mississippi.

Several witnesses spoke about the day of the raid and life after.

“By any measure, the August ICE raids were a show of force that has had a significant impact on communities in Mississippi. Three months later, we still don’t have a proper explanation of why the federal government planned and executed these raids without accounting for the impact on children, families, and the community.  Because of this negligence, dozens of children went home after their first day of school to find that one or both of their parents were nowhere to be found.  It is imperative that Congress not ignore our oversight responsibilities as the Trump Administration continues to cruelly target migrant families.  This hearing will be an opportunity to hear directly from our communities on how the Administration’s immigration policies have impacted them.”

Chairman Thompson released the following statement announcing the hearing

12’s Lanaya Lewis attended the event and will have more on what transpired at the hearing later.

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