JACKSON, Miss. — It’s “disappointing” that President Donald Trump’s administration is selectively enforcing laws to apprehend immigrant workers who are in the U.S. illegally but not prosecute employers, a U.S. House committee chairman said Thursday.
Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and House Homeland Security Committee chairman, made the criticism during a hearing about federal immigration raids in August at seven Mississippi chicken processing plants where agents arrested 680 mostly Guatemalan workers.
“Not one employer or person from management has been arrested,” Thompson said. “In fact, prosecutions of companies who hire undocumented workers have declined compared to the previous administration’s numbers. The selective way the administration is enforcing our laws is disappointing.”