Latino Network's official statement on ICE’s detentions in Mississippi

Today, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained 680 immigrant workers in a series of coordinated enforcement actions targeting people in seven worksites across six cities in Mississippi.  Latino Network condemns these raids, and the accompanying rhetoric, that seeks to criminalize and target the hardworking members of our Latinx communities across the nation. We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Mississippi and grieve for yet more of our children who will be separated from their parents and who are undoubtedly now traumatized, fearful, and alone.

The US Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, boasted today, that they have “set another record”.

The Trump Administration is indeed setting records for dehumanizing our communities. Just days ago, our community in El Paso and across the nation was devastated by a man who sought to kill as many of us as he possibly could…. simply because of who we are and where we come from. The current rhetoric, adopted by this administration, has been hateful to and about our community from day one, and grows more hateful everyday. The actions against our community have been hateful since day one, and grow more hateful every day. Thankfully, we and many other organizations and individuals are standing up and fighting back against this hate.

No one should be afraid to go to their job and earn an honest living. No one should be afraid to work hard in order to provide for their family. No one should be afraid to contribute to this nation’s economy. This administration continues to attack our community, and we will continue to defend it and stand in support of our comunidad across the nation.

In the face of these raids, Latino Network continues our work conducting “know your rights” trainings, supporting rapid response networks, and advocating for policy changes that will make a positive and lasting difference for the immigrants who have and will continue to build this country.


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In case of an ICE-related emergency (in Oregon) contact ACLU of Oregon’s immigration hotline: (971) 412-ACLU

For those who have been affected by today's detentions in Mississippi and are of Mexican nationality, please contact the Mexican Consulate in New Orleans: (504)654-0546