Hundreds Of Children Came Home To No Parents After Mass ICE Raids

After 680 people were arrested in one of the biggest ICE raids in history, the children of the detained undocumented migrants were left shocked and devastated, with some having to rely on strangers to take them to a temporary shelter before another guardian could pick them up.

Images of crying children have been flooding social media after schools and neighbors had to rush to ensure that the children of all those arrested had somewhere to go. There have even been reports of kids who got home from school only to find their front door locked and their parents nowhere to be found.

“Children relied on neighbors and strangers to pick them up outside their homes after school,” reported WJTV. “They drove the children to a community center where people tried to keep them calm. But many kids could not stop crying for mom and dad.”

Food and bedding have been provided to these kids for the time being, but the fact remains that hundreds of kids have lost their parents, many of whom have lived in the U.S. for many years and have committed no crimes.

“Their mom’s been here for 15 years and she has no record,” said Christina Peralta, godmother of two children whose mom was arrested. “A lot of people here have no record they’ve been here for 10-12 years.”

She also said that the kids were “crying all day long since they got home from school.”

One particularly heartbreaking case reported by BuzzFeed is of a man who called his fiance during the ICE raid to beg her to take care of his children before he was arrested. Both he and the children’s mother, his ex-wife, were detained.

“They were crying. They were shocked. They’re just worried,” said the man’s fiancé, Dianne, about his kids. “I’m just trying to stay strong for them. I’m trying to remain as calm as possible. It’s one thing to know this could happen but it is another to see it happening. This is heart-wrenching. They are scared.”

The public reaction to the raids and their aftermath was largely one of outrage.

Some are pointing out that arresting the food processing workers, who do some of the hardest and most dangerous jobs in the country, will not solve any problems.