Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) press release…
The SPLC is preparing to provide legal representation to approximately 50 people who were arrested at a meatpacking plant in Bean Station, Tennessee, in the largest workplace immigration raid since the George W. Bush administration.
About half of the nearly 100 immigrants who were swept up in the April 5 raid are now being detained at immigration prisons outside the state, far from their loved ones, and they are facing deportation even further away from their homes.
Many of the men and women who were detained have children who depend on them. They are moms and dads, aunts and uncles, and members of their communities. It has been reported that as many as 600 children were absent from school the day after the raid.
“This kind of extreme action by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is counterproductive and unconscionable,” said Michelle Lapointe, acting deputy legal director for the SPLC. “Workplace raids like this one cause a great deal of human suffering by pulling children away from their parents, breaking up families, and splintering communities. The SPLC is preparing to help affected individuals fight for their rights.”
SPLC staff at the Southeast Immigrant …
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