After what federal officials say was a year-long criminal investigation, immigration authorities arrested about 680 undocumented immigrants in six different cities in Mississippi Wednesday.
One federal prosecutor called the sweep of seven food processing plants the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in the history of the United States.
But, while some of those arrested have already been released, the arrests have also left some local officials scrambling to take care of the children of those arrested.
Children begged to see their parents after immigration officials rounded up hundreds of immigrants across the state.
Critics say some of them returned to empty homes after their first day of school after their parents were swept up in the sting.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more than 300 migrant parents have been released and some placed on ankle monitoring during the immigration proceedings.