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.”
Hundreds of children in Mississippi lost their parents and family on THEIR FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL.— David Leavitt (@David_Leavitt) August 8, 2019
They came home to empty houses with no parents.
It’s incredibly cruel and that’s the point. The cruelty is on purpose and it’s the fucking point. #ICEraids #TrumpRaids
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.
Your daily reminder that we must protect EVERYONE who lives in America.— Victoria Brownworth ????️???? (@VABVOX) August 8, 2019
Whether they were born here or not.
Rounding up folks at their jobs is what Nazis do.
They are already part of this country.
Just give them the papers to protect them.
THAT won't hurt anyone.#ICEraids
The children of the people arrested in yesterday's #ICEraids in Mississippi spent the night in a local gym where food and drinks were donated. They were left traumatized with no one to care for them-some come home from school and were locked out. (photos via @AlexLoveWJTV) pic.twitter.com/hM7EG8A5YS— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) August 8, 2019
“...it unfolded just hours before President Trump arrived in El Paso, a majority Latino city on the Mexico border where 22 people were killed over the weekend...”— ????????????????〰 (@torimattwill) August 8, 2019
This was INTENTIONAL.
This was PLANNED.
This was NOT by chance.#ICEraids #MississippiRaids https://t.co/XPgrxV6aqf
We've got a multi-federal felon occupying the WH arresting innocent ppl working in chicken farms. #ICEraids— Tina -#CloseTheCamps (@trcfwtt) August 8, 2019
we just saw 680 people being arrested yesterday due to #ICEraids. families ripped apart. the psychological effects on these kids are going to be immense.— pete (@Go__Pete__Go) August 8, 2019
this isn’t right.
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.
Not one person who is in favor of these raids are questioning why this company hired 680 undocumented workers to begin with. That’s how these things work - all of their attention is on the brown people while those at the top pretend to be their ally #ICEraids— Forgetful Thinker (@ForgetfulThink1) August 8, 2019
Sooo anything gonna happen to the executives at Koch Foods who knowingly hired undocumented immigrants to exploit? #ICEraids— Dead Sea Squirrel (@the_ns) August 8, 2019
#MississippiRaids #ICEraids arrested 680 people at food processing plants.— The Tweetwit ???? (@TheTweetwit) August 8, 2019
What happened to the owners of the plants?
Isn't it illegal to employ illegal immigrants?
Where they taken to jail?
Will they pay fines?
Or do they belong to the Good ol' Boys Club and get a pass? pic.twitter.com/RgbG4N5uLM
If you want to be tough on crime, start in the White House. Collusion & obstruction of justice by a sitting U.S. president is far more criminal & far less American than hardworking parents of any nationality. #ICEraids— Trish Zornio (@trish_zornio) August 8, 2019