Building Bridges: Your Community and Labor Report
Produced by Ken Nash and Mimi Rosenberg
Morristown, Tennessee subjected to the largest workplace raid
by immigration authorities in over a decade.
Camila Fyler, Integration Director, The Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee
Rights Coalition who has been stationed in Morristown since the raid to
help coordinate financial Assistance to the families and secure legal
representation for immigrant detainees.
Beatrice who has experienced the loss of many of her family member
in the raids.in which hundreds of families have been impacted
Federal agents, with the assistance of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, stormed
into Southeastern Provision, a meat-processing plant in Bean Station, TN.
As helicopters circled above the factory and agents blocked doors, around 100
workers were rounded up and filed into buses without any opportunity to explain
who they were, how long they had been there, or whether they were subject to
federal immigration law at all. 54 community members living in East Tennessee
for decades, some of whom had devoted over ten years of labor to that factory,
were shipped out of the state without even a chance to say goodbye to their
spouses and children. Their families were told nothing, and were left to wonder
what had happened to loved ones who never came home.
This is a humanitarian crisis. At least 160 children are missing a parent, nearly
600 students in a single school district have stayed home out of fear, and
participation in the economy and community has been chilled. Hundreds of
families whose lives have been torn apart.
It's hard to imagine another kind of crisis that would cause 5% of the district's
children to stay home that wouldn't trigger some kind of intervention or at least
public response. Weâll talk with the people in Morristown and its surrounding
communities about the human costs of this unconscionable abuse of power on
the children devastated by this assault on their families, and on the thousands
who are rightly afraid to go to work, take their kids to school, or even leave their
homes. The disaster stemming from the recent immigration raid continues to
unfold. But, we know from similar raids in previous decades that the impact on
children's health, on the school system, and on the local economy can last for
years to come. This is no time for silence!
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