Back in August, ICE conducted a series of immigration raids at food processing plants in Mississippi, netting nearly 700 illegal aliens in the process. What should have been seen as a stunning victory in the battle against illegal immigration was, of course, immediately panned by congressional Democrats as some sort of heartless assault on “working people who weren’t hurting anyone.”
On Thursday, Democrats from the House Homeland Security Committee held a rare field investigation into the matter, led by the committee’s chairman, Mississippi Democrat Bennie G. Thompson. The hearing was held at Tougaloo College and they were grilling Jere Miles, the head of the Homeland Security investigative office in New Orleans. No Republicans participated in the hearing, so the Homeland Security official was mostly left on his own. Miles was accused of heartlessly going after “undocumented workers were doing no harm.” Miles quickly straightened them out. (Washington Times)
Most of the 680 illegal immigrants nabbed in August’s immigration raids at poultry plants in Mississippi worked under stolen American identities, the Department of Homeland Security’s top investigator told Congress Thursday, rebuffing Democrats who insisted the “undocumented” workers were doing no harm.
“They stole the IDs of 400 U.S. citizens,” said Jere Miles, who leads Homeland Security Investigations’ New Orleans office. “Where’s their voice?”
Mr. Miles was defending the Aug. 7 operations against seven processing plants as both a success and a deterrent to future illegal immigrants, battling with Democrats on the House Homeland Security Committee who called a field hearing in Mississippi to criticize the raids.