Advocates Scramble To Help Mississippi Families Caught Up In ICE Raids
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One of those men dad angel lopez is a fifteen year old sophomore and member of his high school marching band these these these past few days have just been hard because i have had to stay strong for my family. He's trying to help with two younger brothers. All three were born in the u._s. Mom's afraid now because ever since they got my father there's been no calls from him. No contact and we've tried tried to see where he is but the most we've gotten is that he's in louisiana. His parents came into the country illegally from guatemala eighteen years ago and settled in mississippi lopez now fears his father will be deported. I've just been mad about the whole thing really 'cause they'll pasos. Missile shooter had just happened a week ago and then. Why would you give an order like that for the rates to just happen like that. When people are still grieving the department of homeland security says the operation had been in the works for months and the timing was unfortunate. The fellowship hall at saint ann's has been transformed into a triage of sorts where people can get legal advice a hot meal and meet with the social worker or child psychologist angel angel lopez as mother has come here seeking guidance no sake u._s._a. Thera will basically it's the my mom. <hes> doesn't know what to do at this point because my dad was the one bringing everything for us and seeing the way things are now she. She's confused what to do because she has to take care of her autistic son and she has to provide for me and my brother father odell medina estimates at least one hundred families from the eight hundred person jason parish are affected one way or another some are back after being released but others have not been heard from the system seemed numbers. I know other people by name. I know that they are hard worker. They are people of faith the people community people they were walmart killing somebody else. They were working but federal authorities say the arrests should not come as a surprise. My cursed is the u._s. Attorney for the southern district of mississippi. He says the raids were about enforcing law and order while we do welcome folks from other countries. They have to follow our laws. They have to abide bar rules. They have to come here legally. They shouldn't come here at all. Hearst had a warning for employers as well to those who use illegal aliens for a competitive advantage for to make a quick buck. If we find that you have violated federal criminal law enforcement has left a community gripped with fear arabize like paranoid. Evelyn is a twenty year old born in mississippi to parents who came here from guatemala. Has everybody worried worried and scared because now they don't wanna come out the house. They don't wanna go. Get anything even go to the store. She doesn't want to use use her last name because her father was arrested and she says her family is traumatized and fears further repercussions her ten year old brother. Darby is distraught from what happened last wednesday. It was linked to sing davis cool. I came back because nobody into and he eventually found his mother hiding in a car with some relatives she'd been running late for work the day of the raids and avoided arrest now. She's afraid need to go back to her job. Evelyn says it took three days to find out that her father is being held at a detention center in natural mississippi. They're not sure what's it's next so they've come to the church to seek answers. Lawyers are stopping these makeshift legal clinics in several of the towns hit by the ice raids attorney amelia mcgowan with the mississippi center for justice says there are few pro bono immigration lawyers practicing in mississippi but now several hundred attorneys from around around the country have signed up to help. Many of these cases are going to be very long. They might take years to finish and so we wanna make sure we have a sustainable network in place to really support people through the entire process as lawyer scrambled to help people navigate the immigration system back at saint ann's church arch. Bother medina is working to set up humanitarian aid for the long-term offer other all right. Okay thank you debbie elliott n._p._r. News carthage mississippi.