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FBI raids Jeffery Epstein’s ‘paedophile’ island as Justice Department announces staff shakeup at prison where he died

FBI raids Jeffery Epstein’s ‘paedophile’ island as Justice Department announces staff shakeup at prison where he diedThe FBI has conducted a raid on accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s private island, according to reports, as two guards assigned to watch the disgraced financier before his apparent suicide in prison were put on administrative leave. Federal officials were seen spreading across the island of Little St James by US vessels and on golf carts, just two days after the disgraced financier died of an apparent suicide in a New York prison. Epstein was facing new sex trafficking and conspiracy charges over allegations he operated an international child sex trafficking ring. The 66-year-old was set to stand trial next year and was facing 45 years in jail if convicted.Kelly Quinn, who was operating a sailing charter near Epstein’s private island at the time of the raid, told NBC News: “We were just trying to look at pretty fish and swim with turtles and here we are in the middle of an FBI raid.”“This has been something on our radar for years,” she added. “We’re all really curious why it’s happening now.”The property, which sits between the larger St Thomas and St John islands, has been dubbed “paedophile island”. Epstein had been accused of trafficking girls who were as young as 12 to his sprawling facilities on the island.A drone flying over Epstein’s residence managed to record the FBI raid. The recording, which was posted to YouTube, shows agents inside a room seemingly going through belongings. The agents later notice the drone and begin shielding their operations with cardboard boxes placed along the windows. News of the FBI raid came as the US Justice Department announced that the warden for the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in New York – where Epstein was being held when he died – had been temporarily reassigned. At least two guards who were on duty at the time of Epstein’s death on Saturday have also been placed on leave, the department said in a statement. The correctional facilities showed “serious irregularities” at the time of Epstein’s death, attorney general William Barr said, adding that the Justice Department and FBI were continuing with their investigations into the death of the disgraced financier.Donald Trump told reporters he wanted a “full investigation” into Epstein’s death. “That’s what I absolutely am demanding,” he said. “That’s what our attorney general, our great attorney general, is doing. He’s doing a full investigation.”



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Trump administration officials defend Mississippi immigration raids

Trump administration officials defend Mississippi immigration raids“Something like this has been planned for over a year,” acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said.



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Store offers free pizzas to immigrants, refugees after ICE raids

Store offers free pizzas to immigrants, refugees after ICE raidsA north Mississippi pizza shop is offering free pies for immigrants and refugees in response to immigration raids at seven poultry plants in the central part of the state.



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Kamala Harris: Immigration raids will distort 2020 census

Kamala Harris: Immigration raids will distort 2020 census'I'm telling you that, given the policies of this administration, that is going to be a flawed census,' Harris said.



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U.S. Homeland Chief Says Workplace Raids Timing Unfortunate

U.S. Homeland Chief Says Workplace Raids Timing Unfortunate(Bloomberg) — The timing of immigration raids at Mississippi food processing plants after a mass shooting apparently targeting Hispanics in Texas was “unfortunate,” the top U.S. Homeland Security official said.Still, Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said the actions, part of broader enforcement efforts that include employers as well as workers, had been planned for more than a year. About 680 immigrant workers were arrested Aug. 7 at seven facilities in the southern state, the largest workplace raid in about a decade, U.S. authorities said. Videos and images in news reports and on social media showed children whose migrant parents were detained pleading for their release. Asked whether he wished the raids hadn’t happened this week after a mass shooting last weekend in El Paso, Texas, in which the police say the man accused of the killings said he was targeting Mexicans, McAleenan said “the timing was unfortunate.”Still, McAleenan said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the operation “was done with sensitivity” — with caseworkers on hand, and agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, at local schools as liaisons.“ICE took great pains to make sure there were no child-dependent care issues that were ignored,” McAleenan said on NBC.Asked why the administration went after the workers and not the employers who hired them by the hundreds, McAleenan said employers were being targeted in the investigation but that more than 200 of the workers detained had criminal records.“This is a criminal investigation of the employers who are exploiting an undocumented workforce and skirting our laws,” McAleenan said. “Now, when you do an operation at a work site, you can’t ignore people that are there without the proper permission to be in the United States.” ‘Illegal Immigrants’Mark Morgan, the acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and a former acting director of ICE, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that employers, too, are being investigated. But he emphasized that the workers “aren’t undocumented immigrants. They are illegal immigrants.”Asked about press reports that the Trump Organization has for years used undocumented immigrants for labor at President Donald Trump’s properties — and why there haven’t been any raids in those cases — Morgan said, “You really can’t say that for sure because there are investigations going on all the time that you’re unaware of.”Even so, Senator Kamala Harris of California, a 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful, said on “Meet the Press” that the immigration raids were part of a “campaign of terror” by the Trump administration to make Hispanic Americans “afraid.”The ICE raids have been criticized by other Democratic lawmakers, including Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, head of the House Homeland Security Committee. Thompson said in a statement that ICE seemed to have ignored internal guidelines requiring it to minimize the impact on children affected.“The Department of Homeland Security’s leadership has a responsibility to understand the consequences of its actions, and I seriously question why they continue to target migrant families in this way,” Thompson said.Illinois-based Koch Foods, operator of one of the Mississippi chicken-processing plants subject to last week’s raids, will hold a job fair on Monday to recruit new workers, the company announced on Facebook. (Updates with McAleenan, Morgan from fifth paragraph.)\–With assistance from Mark Niquette.To contact the reporters on this story: Ros Krasny in Washington at rkrasny1@bloomberg.net;Miles Weiss in Washington at mweiss@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: James Ludden at jludden@bloomberg.net, Ros Krasny, Mark NiquetteFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.



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ICE used ankle monitors, informants to plan immigration raids where 680 people were arrested

ICE used ankle monitors, informants to plan immigration raids where 680 people were arrestedOn Wednesday, hundreds of immigration officials descended on seven Mississippi plants owned by four companies. Here's how ICE planned the operation.



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ICE raids in Mississippi prompt Chicago-area groups to take action

ICE raids in Mississippi prompt Chicago-area groups to take actionU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents took about 680 people into custody Wednesday following workplace raids at chicken processing plants across Mississippi.



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Allegations of labor abuses dogged Mississippi plant years before immigration raids

Allegations of labor abuses dogged Mississippi plant years before immigration raidsLast August, Illinois-based poultry supplier Koch Foods settled a multi-year lawsuit brought by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) on behalf of more than 100 workers at the Morton, Mississippi, plant over claims the company knew – or should have known – of sexual and physical assaults against its Hispanic workers. Mark Kaminsky, chief operating officer at Koch, said the company admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement and maintains, after fighting the matter in court for more than eight years, that all the allegations contained in the lawsuit are false.



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Hundreds of Mexicans and Guatemalans Among Those Detained in Mississippi Raids

Hundreds of Mexicans and Guatemalans Among Those Detained in Mississippi Raids122 Mexicans and 176 Guatemalans among those arrested in immigration raids



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ICE released 300 of the 680 detained in raids at Mississippi food processing plants

ICE released 300 of the 680 detained in raids at Mississippi food processing plantsU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested 680 people at food processing plants in small towns near Jackson, Mississippi, on Wednesday.



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