U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Tennessee carried out the largest workplace raid in 10 years at a meatpacking plant, The Washington Post reports.
Ninety-seven immigrants were arrested Thursday at Southeastern Provision in Grainger County, Tenn., most of whom were from Mexico, according to Tammy Spicer, an ICE spokeswoman.
Ten were arrested on federal criminal charges, and one on state charges. The remaining 86 were arrested only on suspicion of being in the country illegally, Spicer said.
Local immigrant advocacy groups said that immigrant populations in the state were frightened by the raid.
“People are panicked,” said Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition Director Stephanie Teatro. “People are terrified to drive. People are terrified to leave their homes.”