Two children aged 12 and 14 were left at home for EIGHT days after their immigrant parents were detained in ICE raids from poultry plants in Mississippi
- The mother, & # 39; Ana & # 39; and father were arrested under 680 during the raids
- An ICE spokesperson maintains that detained immigrants were asked if they had children
- The mother's brother says she told the authorities that she had children at home
- It was only eight days later that the mother was released to her family
Two teenage children stayed at home alone for eight days after their immigrant parents were arrested in the greatest workplace immigration struggle in American history.
The children's mother, ages 12 and 14, had warned ICE officials that the children were at home when she and her husband were being held in the unprecedented raids of seven poultry plants in Mississippi on August 7, reports ABC.
After eight days, ICE agents finally asked the ages of the children and their mother Ana was released, her brother Pedro told ABC. The family asked that their full names would not be used because they were not affected by the experience.
The employers of the factories were purposely suspected of hiring undocumented workers, which is a federal crime. As a result, ICE agents landed on the plants in seven rural cities and arrested 680 people.
ICE agents (above) arrested 680 people in the largest, single-state workplace immigration raid in American history on August 7. Two children stayed home alone for eight days when their parents were dragged into the massive arrest in rural Mississippi
The father remains in custody while the removal or deportation of the parents is still pending.
ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox said he was familiar with a case where parents were being held while their children were at home for eight days. He said the mother never spoke about the children.
"Every person who was processed that day was explicitly asked:" Do you have children at home? ", So Cox.
Agents also asked prisoners if there were children at school waiting to be brought home.
Ana had arrived to work at the Koch Foods plant in Morton, Mississippi, about 30 miles east of Jackson, around 8 a.m. on the day of the raid. Her husband was just leaving church when the mother noticed something was wrong, her brother told ABC.
The mother remains scared & # 39; scared & # 39; after the ordeal, said Dalila Reynoso, an advocate of immigration in Texas who works with families.
& # 39; She just wants to be with her brother. & # 39;
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