Several local officials criticized the operation that led to the arrests of about 680 immigrants in Mississippi on Wednesday.
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba called the raids "dehumanizing and ineffective," issuing a statement calling for local houses of worship "to become sanctuaries for our immigrant neighbors and protect them from potential harm."
William Truly Jr., the mayor of Canton, told reporters outside a processing plant owned by Peco Foods Inc. that he was concerned about the impact the arrests would have on the local economy.
"I recognize that ICE comes under the Department of Homeland Security, and this is an order of the United States. There's nothing I don't think anybody can do about it," he said. "But my main concern is now, what happens to the children?"