Under the Trump administration, a series of massive workplace raids have targeted immigrant workers. In April, agents arrested 100 immigrants during a raid at a Tennessee meatpacking plant, leading to 500 terrified kids skipping school after:
Jessica Bailiff looked out at her class and saw empty desks where her students were supposed to be.
The physics teacher's heart sank. She knew why they weren't there.
Now, a week later, most are back in class. But the community is still reeling, Bailiff says.
Kids who are supposed to be learning about light waves, radio waves and the electromagnetic spectrum, she says, are instead wondering if they'll ever see their loved ones again.
"There's just fear and sadness written all over their faces," Bailiff says.
In Ohio, “ICE is also investigating the role the employer played in hiring the undocumented immigrants but has not yet filed charges against the family business, said Khaalid Walls, an agency spokesman.”
According to The Washington Post, Corso’s “was back up and running Tuesday afternoon.” Families devastated by the raid, on the other hand, have now been left scrambling to locate their loved ones and friends. According to NBC24, at least one worker has already been deported:
"My soon to be brother-in-law was deported this morning. He was brought here as a young boy. He's worked at Corso's for many years. They paid him good money. By no means did they pay him what they think immigrants should be paid. They paid him good money. He did a good job and worked hard to provide for his family. He's got a six-month-old daughter."
Dahlberg told Splinter that she “suspected most of the workers were using made-up names and made-up social security numbers. This signaled that the workers may have been paying federal and state taxes using unverified Social Security numbers—and not stealing identities, as ICE claimed.”
Immigrant workers are essential to the farming industry in particular, but it’s the tearing apart of families that is of main concern right now. “This has us sad,” pastor Francisco Carillo told Splinter. “The only thing I care about right now are the children.