In the largest workplace raid in American history, ICE rounded up and detained more than 680 members of our communities, putting families in immediate crisis. Hundreds of children returned from their first day of school only to find that their parents had been locked up. We, along with more than two dozen organizations, formed the Mississippi Immigration Coalition to help the families affected by the raids. The Coalition’s help includes legal advice and representation; community, family, and mental health services; and humanitarian aid. As of November 2019, $298,905 has been sent to help 223 families with rent, utilities, medicine, and health care. The devastation that resulted from these raids is a direct result of the Trump administration’s extreme immigration policies, which make no one safer in Mississippi and came at no Mississippian’s urging.
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