The Committee on Homeland Security held a field hearing at Tougaloo College, Thursday, November 7, 2018. The hearing highlighted the impact on the community from the massive August immigration raid. The two-panel hearing, titled Immigration Raids: Impacts and Aftermath on Mississippi Communities, were led by U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, representative for Mississippi’s 2nd Congressional District.

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Eric J. Shelton was a 2018 corps member in Report for America, and joined the team as our first photojournalist. A native of Columbia, Miss., Eric earned his bachelor’s in photojournalism from the University of Southern Mississippi. He was a multimedia journalist for Abilene Reporter-News, chief photographer for the Hattiesburg American and photo editor for the Killeen Daily Herald before joining our team June 2018. He rejoined Mississippi Today as our health photojournalist in January 2022.