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ICE Arrested 97 Undocumented Immigrants In A Massive Raid On A Tennessee Meatpacking Plant

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) officials detained 97 undocumented people, on April 5, at a meatpacking plant in a rural town in Tennessee. According to some news reports, the raid in Bean Station, Tennessee, may be the largest detainment by ICE since the George W. Bush Administration.

In an email to mitu, an ICE spokesperson said they couldn’t disclose the size of the raid. They did, however, provide context as to what led to the raid at the meatpacking plant.

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol, executed a federal criminal search warrant at Southeastern Provision. During that search, HSI encountered 97 individuals who are subject to removal from the United States. Ten of those encountered were arrested on federal criminal charges, one was arrested on state charges and 86 were arrested on administrative charges. Of the 86 administrative arrests placed in removal proceedings, ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) placed 54 in detention and 32 were released from custody.”

According to Knox News, Southeastern Provisions — the meatpacking plant in Grainger County — has avoided paying taxes for more than a decade. They also report that the corporation has avoided paying $2.5 million in payroll taxes, which means they paid their undocumented employees in cash only.

Various communities and organizations in the surrounding parts of Tennessee have rallied to support the families left behind.

CREDIT: Facebook/Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition [TIRRC]
Aside from tax fraud, Knox News also reports that the meatpacking plant had several sanitation violations. These violations affected employees and the products. Organizations such as the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition have been raising funds and goods to help the families left behind. Many families lost their sole providers.

“Children were left without primary caretakers, and local churches have provided sanctuary for dozens of others,” TIRRC said in a press release.

“Our communities have lived under intense fear since the Trump administration began, and this raid – coupled with local law enforcement involvement – will send shockwaves across the country,” Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of TIRRC said in a press release.

Raul, a 16-year-old impacted by the raid, lost his mom, uncle, and aunt in the raid.

Raul Reflects on Tennessee Raid

Raul is 16. Instead of spending this weekend hanging out with friends, he's figuring out how to tell his two-year-old sister that their mom, uncle, and aunt might be deported. "To everyone else whose families are in there with mine, I'd tell them to fight this."Learn more: https://advancementproject.org/news/administration-criminalizes-immigrants-tennessee-raid/

Posted by Advancement Project (DC) on Monday, April 9, 2018

Raul talked about how scared he is in this situation. He also talked about having to tell his 2-year-old sister.

“To everyone else whose families are in there with mine, I’d tell them to fight this,” Raul said.

The organization has started a collection of funds, goods, and clothing for the families.

Posted by Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition [TIRRC] on Friday, April 6, 2018

If you’d like to make a donation to their GoFundme page, click here.

There will be a prayer vigil for the detainees tonight.


READ: Six Children Have Been Orphaned After A Couple Died In A Car Accident While Trying To Flee ICE Officers

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People Are Praising 'SNL' For Airing This Satirical Yet Honest Sketch About DACA And The Trump Administration

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People Are Praising ‘SNL’ For Airing This Satirical Yet Honest Sketch About DACA And The Trump Administration

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“Surprise. You were brought here as a baby.”

The folks at “Saturday Night Live” has not let the Trump administration skate by without some satire pointing out the government’s shortcoming. Whether it was Alec Baldwin impersonating President Trump after a scandalous tweet or questionable comment to making fun of bigotry that sometimes shows itself in the administration. The latest jab at the trump administration comes by way of The Game of Life: DACA Edition. Melissa Villaseñor is the one who draws the card of Dreamer while her friends are either having twins, going to law school or becoming rock stars. The sketch shows the frustration that so many DACA recipients face.

“Only Dreamers get to jump through bureaucratic hoops, duck from ICE officers and work three jobs just to get by,” the narrator says when Villaseñor draws the Dreamer card.

Towards the end of the sketch, Villaseñor is left trying to figure out how to get the money for a lawyer that will help her get a job permit to work to make money. The feeling of hopelessness and defeat is a common theme in the Dreamer narrative.

Some people on Twitter are applauding the sketch for its truthful depiction of navigating life as a DACA recipient.

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Others aren’t as amused since real people have to deal with the issued joked about in the sketch.

The Game of Life: DACA Edition included mentions to President Trump’s tweets, the border wall and the surprise of discovering that you are undocumented.

Real DACA recipients have commented on seeing their story in a SNL sketch.

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All DACA recipients should be aware that they can currently renew their DACA status. Courts have blocked the Trump administration’s plan to end DACA. This allows all DACA recipients to renew their status.

Overall, the sketch confirmed with some people that DACA recipients are some of the hardest working people.

Way to go, SNL.


READ: Here’s Why SNL’s First Latino Writer Apologized Again And Again During His ‘Late Night’ Spot

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