Federal authorities raid multiple restaurants in Central Mississippi as part of an immigration check.
Agents with Immigration and Custom Enforcement executed criminal search warrants at eight Asian restaurants Wednesday morning. It was unclear how many people were detained.
The majority of restaurants affected were part of the Ichiban chain. The raids occurred in Jackson, Flowood, Pearl and Meridian.
A China Buffet in Pearl was also a target of the search warrants.
Authorities declined to say what was outlined in the warrants but say all of the warrants are related.
Bill Chandler with Mississippi Immigrants’ Rights Alliance says it’s his understanding the raids were targeting those “not in status” or undocumented workers who may be in Mississippi on expired visas.