Breck Dumas, The Blaze, November 8, 2019
Department of Homeland Security investigators discovered that the identities of 400 American citizens were stolen and used by illegal immigrants who were arrested this summer during immigration raids on Mississippi poultry plants, an official disclosed Thursday.
In August, 680 “removable aliens” working in Mississippi processing plants were arrested in a sting operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
On Thursday, four Democrats from the House Committee on Homeland Security held a field hearing in Tougaloo, Mississippi, to assess the “impacts and aftermath on Mississippi communities” from the August raids.
CBS reported that the Homeland Security special agent in charge of the operations, Jere Miles, was grilled by the lawmakers, who criticized him for allegedly not giving local stakeholders a heads up.
According to The Washington Times, Miles pushed back against lawmakers’ claims that the arrested workers did no harm, telling the panel, “They stole the IDs of 400 U.S. citizens. Where’s their voice?”
Miles pressed, “Is that not a serious crime?”
With that, committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) cut Miles off and told him to “Be quiet.”