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Crackdown on illegal workers rounds up 680

'A sad situation’: An immigration agent watches over suspected illegal workers at a warehouse in Mississippi PICTURE: EPA

IMMIGRATION officials in the US have arrested 680 mostly Latino workers in the largest workplace sting for at least a decade.

The raids at seven chicken processing plants in Mississippi, which were months in the planning, took place hours before Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso.

Around 600 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents fanned across the warehouses operated by five companies.

Some workers were rounded up as they tried to flee across a car park. In the city of Morton, workers filled three buses — two for men and one for women — at a Koch Foods plant.

Those arrested were taken to a military hangar to be processed for immigration violations. About 70 family, friends and residents waved goodbye and shouted: ‘Let them go! Let them go!’

Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, said: ‘It was a sad situation.’