ICE agents raided food processing plants in Mississippi this week, arresting 680 employees suspected of not having proper documentation to work in the US. According to WJTV many of the arrested people's children were "left temporarily homeless" and had to rely on the kindness of strangers to feed and care for them.
Community leaders in Forest, Mississippi brought the children to a community gym to provide care and comfort. 12 News reporter Alex Love was granted permission to talk to community leaders and the children.
Children relied on neighbors and strangers to pick them up outside their homes after school. 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.
An 11-year-old girl is left crying outside in Forest after her dad was arrested.
Fighting back tears, Magdalena Gomez Gregorio, 11, expressed to us her devastation.
“Government please show some heart,” Gregoria cried. “Let my parent be free.”