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NiteStryker

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#1 13 years ago

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050729/ap_on_re_us/immigration_arrests_children

30 Kids Left Behind After Immigration Raid

By MELISSA NELSON, Associated Press Writer Fri Jul 29, 7:32 PM ET

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. - About 30 children, some as young as 3 months old, were left without their parents after immigration agents raided a poultry plant and took the parents away to face possible deportation. ADVERTISEMENT

While some of the arrested workers were able to call and arrange care for their children, others were not and a local church had to help make arrangements.

The mayor said what happened to the children was a shame.

"A lot of those families had kids in day care in different places, and they didn't know why Mommy and Daddy didn't come pick them up," Arkadelphia Mayor Charles Hollingshead said.

Federal agents arrested 119 people Tuesday in a raid that was triggered after a former worker at Petit Jean Poultry said she supplied others with fake identification cards. Authorities said 115 were from Mexico, two were from Honduras and the others were from El Salvador and Guatemala.

Temple Black, a spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in New Orleans, said Friday that each person arrested was asked whether they had children and they all said they did not.

"We interviewed every person and asked that specific question, and we were told that there were none," he said.

Black later said that some of those arrested told agents that their children were with relatives. Children are normally placed with relatives until their parents are either returned to the community or deported.

Jose Luis Vidal said his sister and brother-in-law left behind children aged 10, 5 and 1 as they were deported to Laredo, Mexico.

"The children are very sad, especially the baby. She cries all the time," Vidal said in an interview conducted in Spanish.

His sister is trying to arrange a work permit to return to the United States, but is not sure of her prospects.

Clark County Sheriff Troy Tucker said agents failed to tell his agency about the raid. If they had, deputies would have made sure the immigration officials knew about the children, some of whom had been in the local public schools for years, he said.

"The kids were just left," Tucker said. "They're not doing their job by simply questioning them and asking them whether they have children and not contacting anyone locally."

Some of the workers agreed to deportation and others have challenged their arrests. Those fighting deportation were released pending hearings and some have returned to Arkadelphia.

Whats funny about this is that all the immigrants were illegal. The story doesnt say that tho. Thats the biggest spin in a story I have ever seen. It makes it seem that these guys were all legal and just minding their buisness. :cort:




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#2 13 years ago
NiteStrykerhttp://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20050729/ap_on_re_us/immigration_arrests_children Whats funny about this is that all the immigrants were illegal. The story doesnt say that tho. Thats the biggest spin in a story I have ever seen. It makes it seem that these guys were all legal and just minding their buisness. :cort:

Shouldn't the fact that the people were supplied with fake IDs verify the fact that they are indeed illegal immigrants?




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#3 13 years ago

it doesnt tell you tho that they are illegal. It gives only implications.




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#4 13 years ago
NiteStrykerIt gives only implications.

...that are blatant enough to smack you in the face.

I don't think it leaves any question as to their legality.




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#5 13 years ago

Wow, thats some crazy shit you guys are saying, did you even stop to think about the children? Who cares if theyre illegal, they shouldn't be separated from their parents like that. Whatever happened to the land of the free and home of the brave. You gotta be REAL brave to raid a plant and arrest 115 illegal immigrants, take away their children, and say "Well men, we've done a good days work, lets head for the rec room". This just throws more dirt on my already tarnished view of American policy. Sometimes I'm ashamed of living here.




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#6 13 years ago

Me too. If your gonna deport them, deport them with the damn kids. Now, please send the kids back to where they came from.... No need for more orphans.




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#7 13 years ago

have to deal with that crap everyday in the biggest illegal immagrant place of the world Mexifornia. Which apparently its okay if they are illegal here. I say we launch a campaign on the mexican border and line up the border with bouncing betties and claymore. we need to keep this country clean of illegals. I mean cmon California was considering giving DRIVERS LISCENSES TO ILLEGALS, they complain omg, i work and i need to drive. I SAY GO BACK TO UR OWN DAMN COUNTRY AND WORK AND DRIVE! violent-smiley-089.gif