Vigils Held in TN to Honor Illegal Immigrants Detained By ICE After Major Raid Over the Weekend

Monica Sanchez | April 10, 2018
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Vigils were held in Tennessee over the weekend to honor illegal immigrants arrested and detained by ICE after a raid at a meat packing plant near Knoxville. 

Fox News reports, “Hundreds of community members in Tennessee packed an elementary school gym Monday night for a vigil honoring 97 suspected illegal immigrants arrested by ICE officials on Friday. Some of those in attendance at Hillcrest Elementary School gave speeches and sang songs supporting those detained.”

“In nearby Knoxville, area pastors also reportedly held small vigils,” writes Fox News.

The raid took place at the Southeastern Provision meat processing plant in Bean Station, Tenn., on Friday.

Ninety-seven people were taken into custody, including 11 arrested on criminal charges, 54 placed in detention, and 32 released, according to ICE spokeswoman Tammy Spicer.

ICE is also accusing the plant’s owners of "willfully attempting to evade or defeat payment of federal employment taxes, unlawfully employing Illegal aliens, willfully failing to collect and pay federal employment taxes, and filing false tax returns."

For more, watch the Fox News report below.