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 is 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.