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House Homeland Security chair blasts ICE raid's 'blatant lack of planning and resulting chaos'

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonLong-shot Espy campaign sees national boost in weeks before election House chairman asks Secret Service for briefing on COVID-19 safeguards for agents Hillicon Valley: House panel says Intelligence Community not equipped to address Chinese threats | House approves bill to send cyber resources to state, local governments MORE (D-Miss.) on Friday wrote a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) condemning a Wednesday raid in his home state that resulted in 680 arrests

Thompson wrote the letter to acting ICE Director Matthew Albence to express "outrage" over the raid that "left an unknown number of children without their parents."

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"At a time when this country is grieving due to two domestic terrorist shootings, your agency has instead seemingly deliberately disregarded its own long-standing guidelines and carried out another form of family separation," he wrote. "The blatant lack of planning and resulting chaos calls into question the true motivation behind these worksite enforcement operations."

Thompson particularly accused the agency of not contacting Mississippi’s Department of Child Protection Services.  

He asked in the letter for information including the number of children affected and the number left without a caregiver. 

ICE told The Hill in a statement Friday that it would respond to the letter through official channels.

The raid on Mississippi poultry processing facilities was believed to be the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in U.S. history.

Albence said that it was part of a yearlong investigation. 

The raid came days after a pair of mass shootings in Texas and Ohio that left 31 people dead. The suspected Texas shooter had allegedly posted a manifesto warning of a "Hispanic invasion." This revelation has brought renewed scrutiny to President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE's rhetoric surrounding immigration. 

—Updated at 3:34 p.m.