The brought new federal charges against migrant poultry workers in Mississippi this week, intensifying the heavy-handed approach it has taken toward the people arrested in the agency’s largest single-state worksite raid in August.

ICE arrested about 680 migrant workers at seven poultry processing plants outside Jackson in an Aug. 7 operation coordinated by the agency’s investigative branch. Within two days, ICE had released 300 of the poultry workers. In cases where ICE had arrested both parents of a household, the agency released one on humanitarian grounds, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi. ICE also typically released single parents while their cases proceeded. 

But now the Trump administration is prosecuting some of the people that

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