Key Highlight: 680 migrants on EM arrested in factory raids

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In August 2019, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents raided a series of food processing plants in Mississippi, taking 680 undocumented workers into custody. The authorities found these individuals by tracking their locations via the GPS monitors ICE forces them to wear while they await decisions on their cases. These factories had been sites of labor organizing. The workers had previous victories, winning lawsuits against their employers for $3.75 million in response to claims of racial and sexual harassment as well as harassment based on national origin. In addition, two of the plants had formal union contracts with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. This video from The Intercept provides more details.

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