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This Heartbreaking Interview With An 11-Year-Old Girl Sees Her Pleading For Her Parents To Not Be Deported

On Wednesday, not even a week after the mass shootings that took place in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, communities of color continued to suffer at the hands of the Trump administration. In what is being called the largest workplace raid in at least a decade, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested nearly 700 undocumented workers from different processing plants in Morton, Mississippi. 

Since the raids happened early in the day, many children were left behind to fend for themselves, without parents to pick them up from school or feed them. 

Scenes of the children’s devastating reactions quickly made rounds on social media. Many of them pleading to ICE officials to let their parents go back home with them. 

After the El Paso shooting in Texas, many survivors and witnesses, some of which were children, we also left wondering if they’d ever see their parents again or if they’d be next in losing their lives at the hands of a gunman. One 5-year-old even asked her grandparents, “is he going to come and shoot me?” With each passing day, children in the U.S. continue to undergo traumas that they shouldn’t be exposed to. 

Now, with ICE officials conducting more raids and ripping parents away from their children, we continue to see the dangerous and violent ways in which the Trump administration shows it doesn’t care at all for communities of color and let alone, the children. 

In a Facebook video recorded outside a plant in Morton, Mississippi, an 11-year-old girl can be heard sobbing and begging an officer for a chance to see her mother. “If I could just see my mother please,” the young girl says.

According to the Associated Press, most of the workers that were detained were also Latinx. These raids marked another blow to the Latinx community who continues to mourn over the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas. But reports state that the raid had been planned for months, “long before a Texas man killed 22 people and injured 24 in El Paso, TX, his white supremacist manifesto promoting concerns of a ‘Hispanic invasion’ of the country.” 

Nevertheless, the raid on Wednesday left many children vulnerable and devastated. According to Mississippi news station WJTV, authorities said children affected by the raid would be placed with another family member, and they were also working with school officials to ensure the children would be cared for. But despite these reports, a journalist for WJTV said that many children who were left behind had nowhere to go. 

Another video of 11-year-old Magdalena also made rounds on social media where she’s seen being interviewed by journalists in tears, pleading for the return of her father.

“Let my parent be free, with everybody else… don’t leave the [children],” she says sobbing. “My dad didn’t do nothing. He’s not a criminal.” 

According to a Twitter video by WJTV’s Alex Love, children can be seen in distress waiting outside what seems to be a school waiting for more information on their parents. “Children of those arrested are left alone in the streets crying for help,” Love writes in his tweet. “Strangers and neighbors are taking them to a local gym to be put up for the night.” Many other community members also volunteered to feed the children by donating food and drinks for dinner. 

As more and more heartbreaking images and videos of children crying after they had been separated from their presents, many thought it wasn’t “ethical” or “right” to share the images and videos showcasing their pain. 

“I don’t think it’s ethical to take and post pictures of distraught children who have found out their parents have been kidnapped by ICE,” said one Twitter user Yasmin Yonis.  

It sparked conversation and some were in her mentions agreeing with her sentiment while other disagreed and thought it was necessary for people to circulate these images in order to evoke empathy.

 One Twitter user mentioned the “desensitization” of the nation and added that it’s a “scary thought that images of distraught toddlers can’t evoke empathy. Just my cents.” A scary thought that seems to be the reality. 

One Twitter user said they thought it was unethical to “obscure the suffering of children or anyone no matter the situation.” 

But at this point what is unclear about what’s happening? The public has seen migrant deaths in photos circulated through social media, we’ve seen parents in detention facilities, and now we’re seeing the trauma form in real-time with these videos of children crying, begging for their parents. 

We’ve gotten to a point where sharing these images of children heartbroken and devastated because their parents have been arrested by ICE is no longer necessary to evoke empathy. 

As immigration journalist, Tina Vasquez wrote for Playboy, “If white Americans need to see dead brown bodies to make sense of their own borders, then journalism will supply their demand. Under the Trump administration, there seems to be no end to America’s capacity to consume migrants’ suffering. After years of inaction and turning the other cheek, America wants to see it all. But then what?” 

The El Paso Man Who Lost His Wife In The Shooting Has A New Car After His Was Stolen After Her Funeral

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The El Paso Man Who Lost His Wife In The Shooting Has A New Car After His Was Stolen After Her Funeral

The El Paso community is still recovering from the violent and senseless shooting at a local Wal-Mart. The shooter confessed that he was only there to kill Mexicans. One victim, Margie Reckard, has left an indelible impression on the community as her husband, a survivor, Antonio Basco mourns the loss of his only family member. The El Paso community has shown their strength and love by the way they have honored Reckard and Basco during the darkest moment in his life.

Recently, Antonio Basco’s car was stolen just hours after his wife’s funeral adding insult to injury.

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Basco had been living in his car after the shooting to be close to the memorial, which included a cross for his wife. Just hours after he buried the last living family member he had, his car was stolen and wrecked. The horrific incident not only affected El Paso community members, but it also angered them.

People immediately flooded the post of his stolen car asking how they could help fix Basco’s situation.

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Basco invited anyone who wanted to attend his wife’s funeral. Thousands of people showed up to mourn the death of Margie Reckard and support a man who lost everything on Aug. 3. The car being stolen after was another blow for a man already mourning.

El Paso had rallied around Basco, even repairing and cleaning his car before it was stolen.

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Casa Ford Lincoln learned about Basco and his situation and gave his car a full-service treatment for free. The car was cleaned and repaired so that it could be the best it could be.

Casa Ford Lincoln decided to do one better after hearing that Basco’s car was stolen and wrecked by giving him a brand new Ford Escape.

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Casa Ford Lincoln hosted a ceremony just for Basco for him to receive his new car following the news that his was stolen and crashed. The crowd that gathered offered Basco love and support during and after the ceremony as some passed him notes and patted the man on the shoulder.

Ronnie Lowenfield, the general manager of Casa Lincoln Ford, spoke to the crowd and Basco offering words of condolences and love.

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“Tony, we just wanted to bring you here and, first off, offer our condolences,” Lowenfield said. “We can’t imagine the hell that you’ve been through in these last couple of weeks. We just want you to know that we love you and this is on behalf of all of us here at Casa and essentially all of us here in El Paso.”

The car is more than a car but a sign of El Paso’s love and support for its community members.

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“This is what we do here in this city, is care for each other and we’re very sorry for your loss,” Lowenfield continued. “We know that you’re a Ford guy and we know that you had a blue Escape. … Fortunately, we had one here so we are going to turn over the keys to you.”

People on Facebook flooded the comment section of the post with love and appreciation for the gesture from Casa Ford Lincoln.

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Casa Ford Lincoln customers celebrated the company and gushed about how thankful they are to do business with a company that follows their moral compass.

The El Paso community came out in support of Basco for his wife’s funeral and there are several videos and pictures that the love he received.

He claimed to not have a family but the city of El Paso proved to be the family he didn’t know he had. The outpouring of emotion and love from the El Paso community at large was a special moment in the city’s darkest hours.

El Paso is a strong community and the way they took care of Basco shows just how connected the community is.

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“Amy just sent me this photo from El Paso. This is outside the funeral for Margie Reckard. She was killed at Walmart in El Paso on August 3rd. I met her husband Antonio at the memorial a few nights after that,” Beto O’Rourke wrote in an Instagram post. “The whole crowd at the memorial hugged him and comforted him, everyone giving him love and strength. Earlier this week the funeral home published a notice for Margie’s funeral that said that they didn’t expect anyone to come to the funeral because neither she nor Antonio had family in El Paso and that therefore the community was invited. Amy texted this with the photo from her funeral tonight: ‘Line wraps around the building multiple times. Been waiting 40 minutes and a long way to go. So beautiful.'”

Watch the video of Basco getting his new car below.

Posted by Casa Ford Lincoln on Monday, August 19, 2019

READ: El Paso Widower Who Invited Everyone To His Wife’s Funeral Donates Thousands Of Flowers To Honor All 22 Victims Of The El Paso Massacre

El Paso Widower Who Invited Everyone To His Wife’s Funeral Donates Thousands Of Flowers To Honor All 22 Victims Of The El Paso Massacre

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El Paso Widower Who Invited Everyone To His Wife’s Funeral Donates Thousands Of Flowers To Honor All 22 Victims Of The El Paso Massacre

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It’s been a little over two weeks since a terrorist upended lives when he attacked an El Paso Walmart, killing 22 people. Since then, there has been an outpouring of grief and pain but along with it a community banding together amid an outpouring of support. 

Over the weekend, that cycle of grief and support continued as many of the remaining victims were finally laid to rest. 

One El Paso funeral home director put together the ultimate send off for all 22 victims, organizing a caravan of hearses that convened at the makeshift memorial. 

Twenty-two hearses carried flowers to the makeshift memorial outside Walmart.

Perches, who organized the funeral for an El Paso widower who made headlines when he invited the entire city to his wife’s service, reached out to other area funeral homes to organize 22 hearses — one for each person killed — to deliver flowers to the makeshift memorial at Walmart, which has become a place to mourn and remember. One final procession.

On Sunday, the hearses left La Paz and followed a police escort for the five mile procession to the memorial.

There were so many flowers at La Paz that it took nearly an hour for about 100 volunteers to load the hearses.

The flowers were donated from the El Paso widower made famous when he invited the entire city to his wife’s funeral.

There were 22 hearses, representing the 22 victims of the shooting, that carried more than 1,000 floral arrangements sent by people around the world for Margie Reckard’s funeral service and burial — which were held on Friday night and Saturday.

Salvador Perches told local ABC affiliate KVIA, “I spoke with (Reckard’s) husband about the idea, and he felt this would be a fitting tribute to his wife and to the other victims,” Perches said. “Contact was then made to all of the other participating funeral homes and all of them agreed that this can serve as a gesture of unity and a sense of closure for all of the funerals that happened from this tragedy.”

People who saw the caravan pass by took to social media to share their emotions.

Cars stopped in both directions as the 22 hearses passed. People captured the moment on cell phones. Some held small American flags and removed their hats.

“I just got chills,” Sunset Funeral Homes Director Christopher Lujan told CNN in an interview. “Seeing 22 hearses is just unbelievable.”

The hearses unloaded the flowers at the makeshift memorial site outside the Walmart where the attack took place.

The makeshift memorial at Walmart sprang up a day after the shooting. People have gathered to pray and sing amid the candles, rosaries and white crosses with handwritten names of the dead.

Funeral directors invited mourners at the memorial site to unload the arrangements. They took the flowers and arranged them around the crosses. “Everybody wanted to participate in one way or another,” said Gomez, who runs the social services non-profit Operation H.O.P.E., in an interview with CNN.

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