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Immigration enforcement leaves children without immigrant parents

Elizabeth Iraheta was passing the Koch Foods processing plant in Morton, Miss., on Wednesday when she saw immigration officials swarming outside and a helicopter overhead. Big silver buses lined the driveway and agents blocked the entrance gates. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers were sweeping through the workplace and rounding up all undocumented immigrants. By the day’s end, nearly 700 people would be arrested.

Angie’s mother was one of them.

Friends of Angie’s mother brought the 12 year old canada goose outlet girl to the food processing plant to say goodbye before agents loaded her onto a bus with dozens of other immigrants. Angie is teary eyed in a video of an encounter with an ICE agent but also seems confused about what was going to happen next.

uk canada goose outlet “The girl is devastated for her mom,” Iraheta, 49, said. “We still don’t know if she will be released. The girl is in bad shape, very sad. We’re waiting for her mom.” uk canada goose outlet

The canada goose outlet in canada canada goose outlet Washington Post did not request Angie’s last name for the story because she is a minor, and canada goose parka outlet uk we did not have permission from a guardian to do canada goose black friday vancouver so. The Post also did not include portions of the video that include Angie’s face.

canada goose uk outlet “Here’s the deal, all right,” an agent says to an English speaking woman accompanying Angie. “She just went. Her mom got on the bus. We took her mom’s documents, all right. She’s going to be processed, because she doesn’t have papers to be here legally.” canada goose uk outlet

But “because she’s the only caretaker of the child,” the agent continues, “she’ll be released this afternoon. citizen and being 12 years old she’s going to be issued a notice to appear, she’ll have to see an immigration judge, she’ll be released this afternoon.”

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cheap canada goose uk “Yes, yes,” the officer responds. “But I’m going to tell you something, she’s not going to be deported because she has a United States citizen child.” cheap canada goose uk

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“You picked her up from school, right?” he asks the group. Many children didn’t have a loved one or family friend to go home to. Some walked home from school but were locked out because their parents were detained in the raid.

canada goose clearance sale Volunteers set up a makeshift shelter for the children at a local gym, WJTV’s Alex Love reported. There was food, “but most children are still devastated and crying for their parents and can’t eat,” Love said on Twitter. canada goose clearance sale

canada goose clearance Bryan D. Cox, a spokesman for ICE, told The Post that all arrested individuals were asked “if they had any children who were at school or child care canada goose shop new york city and needed to be picked up.” He said cellphones were also made available to detainees so they could make arrangements for child care. Cox also said schools were contacted as the raids began so they were aware there canada goose hybridge lite uk could be child care issues and knew whom to contact if parents didn’t pick up their kids. canada goose clearance

Any detainee who indicates he or she has dependents “and is not being criminally arrested or is subject to mandatory detention, will be expeditiously processed,” Cox said.

canada goose coats on sale ICE raided seven work sites in six Mississippi cities on Wednesday, arresting hundreds of people that the agency said were undocumented. history, The Post’s Abigail Hauslohner reports. canada goose coats on sale

The raids were part of an investigation into illegal employment in the state, specifically at agricultural processing plants. Immigration officials would not tell The Post how many people they were targeting with the raid. citizen, in a video. “We came here to work, and [the agents] are not looking for criminals. They’re looking at work sites for people who came to this country to work, who came to fight for their family.”

Angie is staying canada goose hat uk with Iraheta, from whom the family rents a room, until she is reunited with her mother.

As of Wednesday night, Angie’s mother had not been released.

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Luis Velarde Luis Velarde is a video editor and video journalist on the national desk at The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2018 after having spent years at Univision News, the Associated Press and BBC News as a multimedia producer. Follow.

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