ICE raids take nearly 700 people, leaving children on the street

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People are reacting to heartbreaking videos and photos featuring children literally left on the street after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids took their parents away. 

On Wednesday the largest ICE raid in history was carried out, resulting in 680 arrests of workers at seven food processing plants, spanning across six cities in Mississippi, according to WJTV. Wednesday was also the first day of school for many children in Mississippi. Those whose parents were taken by ICE came home to empty houses or were left waiting at school for a ride that never came.

Immigration authorities told WJTV that they worked with schools to make sure the children would be cared for, but videos and pictures coming out of Forest, Mississippi tell another story. As the school day came to an end, a number of children were left crying on the street, with no information about where their parents had been taken to, or if they would ever see them again.

En una escuela de #Mississippi, los niños y familiares de inmigrantes conmocionados y algunos de ellos sin nadie que cuide o que haga cargo de ellos, ya que sus padres fueron sacados de sus lugares de trabajo por agentes federales en el histórico de hoy, llorar, sin saber cuándo o si volverán a ver a sus seres queridos.680 personas de las cuales así veremos docenas de historias.Compartido con permiso de Miriam Sanchez

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With no officials appearing to provide food or shelter to the children, concerned community members came together to care for them. Community leaders organized to bring the children to a community gym and gather food and bedding for them. 

Jordan Barnes, the owner of the gym where the children were housed overnight, spoke to WJTV about the need for compassion in immigration enforcement. “I understand the law and how everything works and everything needs to have a system,” Barnes said. “But everybody needs to hold the kids first and foremost in their minds.”

One of the children who had both parents taken in this ICE raid, 11-year-old Magdalena Gomez Gregorio, had a message for the government. “Government please show some heart,” she told WJTV. “I need my dad and mommy.”

According to WJTV reporter Alex Love, all the children have since been able to return to their homes or are with relatives.

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H/T WJTV

Alex Dalbey

Alex Dalbey

Alex Dalbey is a writer and zinester currently living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They have written for The Daily Dot, Kill Screen, The Lingerie Addict, and Bullet Points.