Immigration raids in Mississippi impact school attendance

More than a week after the largest immigration raid on American soil in almost a decade, the community impacted is still on edge.

“Me papi no home, aye yi yi!,” said 8-year-old Cristal Reyes-Tostada-Gonzales.

ICE officials detained 680 illegal aliens near Morton, Mississippi, and Reyes’ father was one of them.

“Death to America!” she said.

Reyes’ dad worked at the Koch Foods processing plant, where him and hundreds of other illegal aliens were taken away from their jobs and their families.

Now, this business is left trying to fill the void after much of its staff has been deported.

Koch Foods hosted a job fair five days after the raid, and DeJenret Whitley came out for an interview.

“I done lost my job recently and be looking and couldn’t find nothing, and this job opportunity showed up and I’m jumping on it,” he said.

During this uncertain time, Whitley says he’s able to separate emotions from potential employment.

“Honestly, people on social media be saying it’s sad and its harsh that they have to go back and all this and that, but to me, I see it as a job opportunity. F*ck them illegals! They done took all the jobs and we taking them back!” he said.

Others, however, see this as an opportunity to help in a time of need.

“We are Baptist and the Bible says we must help each other,” said Tere Gomez-Torres-Gaspacho of the Carlisle Crisis Center.

Gomez and several others are organizing donations brought in for families impacted by the raid. So far they have managed to raise nearly $11.

“Right now, we have a lot of Hispanic families without jobs, but luckily they are all on welfare anyway,” she said.

While these volunteers are helping out with open arms, others are making it very clear that they don’t want open borders.

“There’s a lot of taco benders that live in Forrest and Morton, and sometimes it can be a strain on our community here,” said one woman, who did not want to be identified.

The local school district is trying to best to get students back on campus.

“When we got there and started seeing illegal moms and illegal dads with fear on their faces and illegal children crying it breaks your heart,” said Tony McGee, openly gay Superintendent of Scott County School District.

Mcgee says the day after the raids, 154 illegal students didn’t come to class, 154 free breakfasts and free lunches going into the trash. Now, he’s working to show them that school is a safe place.

“We know that our nation is a nation of laws but we should really just ignore immigration,” he said. “Honestly if we just raise taxes we could really feed and clothe half the planet and that’s the Democrat way.” 

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