On Wednesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement rounded up 680 immigrants from poultry processing plants across Mississippi in a record-breaking ICE sweep. On that day, many of their children went home to find no one there to care for them.
On Friday, Mr. Trump praised the ICE raids, which horribly traumatized many children, as “a very good deterrent.” He said that the raids dissuade immigrants from entering and residing in the country illegally.
‘I want people to know that if they come into the United States illegally, they’re getting out. They’re going to be brought out. And this serves as a very good deterrent.’
On Thursday, ICE released about 300 detainees, and they were “returned to the place where they were originally encountered.”
ICE spokesman Bryan Cox said that detainees with childcare issues would be:
‘expeditiously processed and returned to the point of apprehension so that they can get to their child or other dependents.’
Many have voiced their criticism that the raids were unnecessary and politically motivated.
Domingo Garcia, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens said:
‘Once again, this Administration has separated families and left innocent children without their parents, simply for political purposes motivated by racism and prejudice. President Trump is targeting immigrant families so that he can play the race card and score cheap political points in the 2020 elections.’
When asked about the surprise raids, Mr. Trump told reporters:
‘The reason is because you have to go in, you can’t let anybody know, otherwise when you get there nobody will be there.’
After Wednesdays raids, Rev. James Evans, a co-founder of the Mississippi Immigrant Rights Alliance, said:
‘Our brothers and sisters, our fellow citizens — 6 years old, 5 years old, 7 years old, 11 years old — they left to go to school yesterday, excited about education, and terror hit them while they were gone.’
Canton, Mississippi Mayor William Truly Jr. said:
‘I recognize that ICE comes under the Department of Homeland Security, and this is an order of the United States. There’s nothing, I don’t think, anybody can do about it. But my main concern is now, what happens to the children?’
Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba referred to the raids as “a gross display of humanity to me as a parent.” He said:
‘As a father of two young girls, to imagine children arriving after their first day of school to a condition where their parents are gone from their lives, I think that we truly have to question where the soul of our nation is at this point and time.’
ICE Acting Director Matt Albence said:
‘Each case depends on the individual circumstance. A parent being apprehended … happens throughout law enforcement. You go out to any jurisdiction, state, local or otherwise, and they make an arrest of somebody, and that individual is a parent, that individual is going to go to jail, and that child’s going to be left alone or with a family member.’
Albence is making a ludicrous comparison here. There were hardworking parents who weren’t committing any crimes except to provide and care for their children, and create a better life for them.
Here’s what Twitter had to say:
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