Thursday, December 14, 2006

You better watch out, you better not cry, indeed

As a follow-up to Christopher's post on the DHS raids, here's a heartbreaking side-effect of those disgusting raids: over 100 children have been essentially orphaned for the holidays. According to the Rocky Mountain News:

At least 100 children are without parents because of the massive immigration raid Tuesday at the Swift & Co. meatpacking plant in Greeley, immigrant advocates estimated Wednesday.

But getting an exact count could prove challenging because many of the families are too fearful to seek assistance from a government agency.

When they muster up the courage to look for help, they turn, instead, to community organizations.

Sylvia Martinez, of Greeley-based advocacy group Latinos Unidos, said she calculated the 100-children figure based on the number of calls she's received from people affected by the raid.

"We expect that there will be more," she said. "There's a lot of single parents that were picked up. ICE did this without regard for family values or the (rights) of U.S. citizen children."

What a terrible thing to do. I haven't seen any information on where to send donations, but I'll be on the lookout and post something if I find it. In the meantime, I'm planning on sending a little something to my local United Way.

(via Blogging Baby)