Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen to Participate in Field Hearing on Immigration Raids

November 6, 2019
Press Release
Mississippi’s August ICE raids have traumatized immigrant communities across the country

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09), Chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, will participate Thursday in a Committee on Homeland Security field hearing on “Immigration Raids: Impacts and Aftermath on Mississippi Communities” at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi. 

Congressman Cohen’s friend and colleague, Congressman Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, will preside over the hearing which will examine the August 7 massive raids on seven poultry processing facilities in six locations. This was the largest single-state immigration raid in U.S. history, which was conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi.  

The hearing will look into the impact of these raids on immigrant communities and Trump Administration enforcement policies that ignore existing directives and guidance in place to minimize the impact of ICE interior enforcement actions on American communities. 

Details: 

Where: Holmes Hall Auditorium, Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi 

When:  Thursday, November 7, 10 a.m. Central time 

Open press. Press RSVP: chsdempress@mail.house.gov 

Updated info and livestream available here.    

Press Contact:  Adam Comis (Thompson) at (202) 225-9978 

  

WITNESSES: 

  • Professor Cliff Johnson, Director, MacArthur Justice Center, University of Mississippi School of Law; 
  • Father Odel Medina, Pastor, St. Anne Catholic Church, Carthage, Mississippi; 
  • Dr. Constance Slaughter-Harvey, President of the Board, Legacy Education and Empowerment Foundation; 
  • Ms. Lorena Quiroz, Lead Organizer, Working Together Mississippi and Mississippi Immigrant Coalition; 
  • Mr. Jere Mills, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security; 
  • Sheriff Mike Lee, Scott County, Mississippi; and  
  • Dr. William Truly, Mayor of Canton, Mississippi 

  

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