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Youth march from church to square against immigration raids

Friends, coworkers and family watch as U.S. immigration officials raid several Mississippi food processing plants, including this Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. The early morning raids were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as undocumented employees.

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By JEFF AMY | Associated Press | Published: August 11, 2019

CANTON, Miss. — Young people have marched from a Catholic church in Mississippi to a town square to protest recent immigration raids on chicken processing plants that detained hundreds of migrants.

Even as President Donald Trump and local Republican allies defend the raids, churches are emerging as sources of spiritual and material aid to the migrants. At some churches, the response is also flaring into political opposition.

Children from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Canton marched Sunday, saying they won't remain silent after migrants were taken away — including some of their parents. In Mississippi, Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist and Evangelical Lutheran bishops have denounced the raids.

The Canton church is the command post in responding to the raid on one nearby plant. In Mississippi's Scott County, which saw three raids, other churches are responding.

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