[Marxism] immigration officials starving breastfeeding baby
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Subject : [laborstandard_discussion] Fw: immigration officials starving breastfeeding baby
See below. One of many horrifying stories on the multistate raids at
Swift meatpacking plants. Hundreds of workers tried, valiantly but
unsuccessfully, to block the ICE buses. Now la migra won't allow
children to find their parents -- including this baby who won't take
food except from her mother.
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Published December 13, 2006
Breastfeeding baby's mom among those detained
REGISTER STAFF WRITER
Marshalltown, Ia. A priest's and nuns mission to find the mother of
a nursing baby was thwarted today after they said officials from Camp
Dodge would not let them inside to tell their story.
Sister Christine Feagan, from the St. Marys Hispanic Ministry, and The
Rev. Jim Miller, who is a priest from the St. Marys Parish, both said
they drove to Camp Dodge this afternoon to find out the status of a
nursing mother who was deported and nursing a baby. They were also
seeking a father with an ashmatic child.
They didnt come with papers showing legal status. Instead, they wanted
to show them the need to be free, said Miller.
Miller said he knows detainees were located there, because they were
permitted a phone call from Camp Dodge and some had called the church
He said an ICE officer at the facility wouldnt tell us anything about
The duo returned to Marshalltown this afternoon to deal with the scores
of families trying arrange care for children whose parents have been
At the churchs Hispanic ministry, the baby whose mother was arrested
was passed among staff and a community activist who had agreed to help
care for her.
They said they dont know when the girl, whose father is absent, will
be reunited with her mother.
The child, whose name was not provided by ministry staff, cried little,
and stared at the different faces visiting the ministry. Women speaking
a mixture of Spanish and English coordinated plans with how they would
take care of children left behind.
Carmen Montealegre is one of the women who is taking care of two of her
friends children with family displaced by the arrests. One of the
children, a seven-year-old, asks frequently why her mother was
detained, she said.
She asked me three times, Did she kill someone? I said, She was
working under another name.
The baby left behind has her own problems.
She has been difficult to feed since her mother was arrested, Feagan said.
The mother was breastfeeding the baby, Feagan said. The baby doesnt
want to eat. Another tried to breastfeed, but she knew it wasnt her.
Feagan said she and advocates for local Hispanic families have tried to
pinpoint exactly how many children are in family-limbo to try to
A total of 408 students were absent in the Marshalltown community
school district as of Wednesday morning, district officials reported.
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