Tag: Mississippi

Mississippi Plants Knowingly Hired Undocumented Workers, ICE Says

Federal immigration officials believe that the companies targeted in raids at poultry plants across Mississippi last week knowingly hired undocumented immigrants, a violation of federal law, according to affidavits filed by federal agents supporting the raids. About 680 immigrants believed to be working without legal documentation were taken away on buses by Immigration and Customs […]

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Heat Wave Sweeps Through Southern United States

A heat wave in the South forced residents to contend with scorching temperatures and dangerously high humidity on Monday and Tuesday. Temperatures were expected to climb above 100 degrees in some places, with heat indexes as high as 118 degrees, the National Weather Service said on Tuesday. “For 2019, this is definitely the hottest we’ve […]

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After ICE Raids, the Parking Lot Was Crowded, but No One Was There to Work

MORTON, Miss. — From a distance on Friday morning, the parking lot of PH Food could have been hosting a flea market. Scores of vehicles were haphazardly parked, and a throng of people milled around. A woman sold tacos al pastor and tacos de asada from the back of a food truck. But something far […]

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After Record-Setting ICE Raid in Mississippi, Migrant Children Face the Horror of Living Without Their Parents

11-year-old Magdalena Gomez Gregorio speaks to reporters after learning that her father has been detained by ICE agents.Screenshot: Dallas Urban (YouTube) After nearly 700 immigrants were detained by ICE agents on Wednesday during a series of strategic raids, an ugly situation in Morton, Miss., became even more gruesome as children, some as young as toddlers, […]

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Mississippi ICE Raids Left Children Without Parents. Their Neighbors Rallied.

In tearful videos and images that ricocheted across social media, children whose migrant parents were rounded up by federal authorities in Mississippi pleaded with the United States government to release their mothers and fathers. “Government, please show some heart,” begged an 11-year-old girl whose father was apprehended Wednesday in targeted immigration raids that the authorities […]

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Invoking the Racist Dog Whistles of the Past, ICE Arrests Nearly 700 Undocumented Immigrants in Mississippi

Friends and family console each other while U.S. immigration officials raided Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Photo: Rogelio V. Solis (AP) In what Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are touting as “the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our nation’s history,” nearly 700 undocumented immigrants were detained in raids […]

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Hundreds Arrested in Mississippi Raids Targeting Immigrant Workers

Federal immigration agents raided several companies across Mississippi on Wednesday, rounding up hundreds of immigrant workers in what federal officials said might be the largest worksite enforcement action ever in a single state. In what appeared to be a coordinated sting, more than 600 agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement showed up at the sites […]

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2 Killed in Shooting at Walmart in Mississippi, Sheriff Says

Two people were killed and a police officer was injured in a shooting at a Walmart in Mississippi early Tuesday, according to local news reports. A suspect began shooting around 6:30 a.m. The suspect was a former employee who had worked at the Walmart in Southaven, Miss., until Monday, Sheriff Bill Rasco of DeSoto County […]

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Emmett Till Sign Photo Leads Ole Miss Fraternity to Suspend Members

Three students at the University of Mississippi were suspended by their fraternity on Wednesday after an Instagram photo surfaced of them brandishing guns in front of a bullet-riddled memorial sign for Emmett Till, whose brutal murder in 1955 served as a catalyst for the civil rights movement. The photo of the smiling Kappa Alpha members […]

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White Students Pose With Guns in Front of Bullet-Ridden Emmett Till Memorial, Department of Justice Launches Investigation

Screenshot: WATE 6 (YouTube) On what would’ve been the 78th birthday of Emmett Till came some disturbing news: three University of Mississippi students are being investigated by the Department of Justice after a picture surfaced of them posing with guns next to a memorial honoring Till’s death. ProPublica reports that the students, each of whom […]

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Back-to-School Sales Tax ‘Holidays’ Lure Shoppers Despite Slim Savings

If you missed out on the blitz of deals offered early this week by many online retailers, don’t despair: There may be additional savings on the horizon, as more than a dozen states gear up for their annual summer sales tax “holidays.” This year, 16 states are offering back-to-school promotions, exempting many items, including clothing, […]

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Mississippi Quotes John Roberts to Defend Its Racist Election Law

Virtually every state in the Union elects its governor and other statewide offices by popular vote. Mississippi does something different. First, a candidate must win a majority of the statewide popular vote. Second, they must also win a plurality of the vote in a majority of Mississippi House of Representatives districts. If a candidate does […]

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A Hit Podcast Finds ‘True Crime’ in the Justice System

ST. PAUL — On a fall day in 2015, Madeleine Baran and Samara Freemark went for a walk through the extensive skyway that threads through the buildings of downtown St. Paul. They were new colleagues at APM Reports, a division at American Public Media where investigative reporters and radio producers had been “smushed together,” as […]

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Tropical Storm Live Updates: Barry’s Drenching Rains Still a Menace

ImageA bar in Mandeville, La., along Lake Pontchartrain was flooded as Tropical Storm Barry made landfall on Saturday.CreditJohnny Milano for The New York Times Moving slow and still raining hard on Sunday The center of the storm was about 80 miles southeast of Shreveport, La., early on Sunday morning, and not going anywhere in a […]

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Mississippi Politician Denies Access to Female Reporter So as Not to ‘Insinuate’ an Affair

Robert Foster, a state representative in Mississippi who is running for governor, blocked a female reporter from shadowing him on a campaign trip “to avoid any situation that may evoke suspicion or compromise” his marriage. The reporter, Larrison Campbell of the news site Mississippi Today, wrote in an article published on Tuesday night that Mr. […]

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Alabama Isn’t the Only State That Punishes Pregnant Women

Last week, the world learned the chilling news that Marshae Jones, a 28-year-old woman who was five months pregnant when shot in the stomach, has been charged with manslaughter. When a grand jury failed to indict Ebony Jemison, the woman who fired the gun, the police in Pleasant Grove, Ala., sought someone else — and […]

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Black Woman Gets a Racist Surprise with Her Drive-Thru Order: ‘I Seek Justice for This Hate Crime’

Image: iStock After ordering your food in the drive-thru, it’s only natural to check your receipt in order to asses the damage to your bank account. I mean, did you really need those carne asada fries? But imagine pulling out of Who Dat’s—a drive-thru cajun spot in Oxford, Miss.,—with a bag full of andouille sausage […]

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