U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents executed a search warrant Wednesday morning at the Peco Foods, Inc. plant in Canton.
U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement agents executed a search warrant Wednesday morning at the Peco Foods, Inc. plant in Canton.
The humanitarian crisis along the southern U.S. border is heart-wrenching, and every effort to eliminate human suffering should be made, but the heart of the issue with illegals is the rule of law.

Politicizing the border crisis is wrong. Don’t come here illegally and subject children, especially, to these horrible conditions caused by overrunning and overwhelming the process. 

Swimming the Rio Grande certainly isn’t advisable, and neither is subjecting children to drug smugglers and human traffickers.

On Wednesday, the issue hit home in Canton where a large community of workers lives next to a chicken processing plant.

Nearly 700 federal law enforcement agents executed administrative and criminal search warrants at seven sites in Mississippi, including the Peco Foods, Inc.,  chicken processing plant in Canton in what was the largest single-day immigration enforcement action in the state’s history. 

Approximately 680 illegal aliens were arrested on the warrants at the Peco plant and throughout the operation, with approximately 150 at the Canton plant alone.

Enforcing our current immigration laws is essential to securing the U.S. border, so the importance of these raids should not go unrecognized.

Mike Hurst, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, said approximately 650 federal agents were brought in from other parts of the country to aid in the operation. 

“The execution of federal search warrants today was simply about enforcing the rule of law in our state and throughout this great country,” Hurst said.

“I commend these federal agents, our state and local law enforcement partners, and our federal prosecutors for their professionalism and dedication to ensure that those who violate our laws are held accountable.”

He added, “We are a nation of laws, and we will remain so by continuing to enforce our laws and ensuring that justice is done.”

The warrants were related to individuals illegally present in the country. 

Enforcement efforts are equally focused on aliens who unlawfully seek work in the U.S. as well as the employers who knowingly hire them.

While we are called to show compassion, the rule of law matters.