[Marxism] immigration officials starving breastfeeding baby

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 14 12:58:15 MST 2006


    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.
      For more, see http://www.ufcw.org/
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      Published December 13, 2006
       
      Breastfeeding baby's mom among those detained
       
      LISA ROSSI
      REGISTER STAFF WRITER
       
      Marshalltown, Ia. — A priest's and nun’s 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. Mary’s Hispanic  Ministry, and The
      Rev. Jim Miller, who is a priest from the St. Mary’s 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 didn’t 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
      seeking help.
       
      He said an ICE officer at the facility “wouldn’t tell us  anything about
      anybody.”
       
      The duo returned to Marshalltown this afternoon to deal with  the scores
      of families trying arrange care for children whose parents  have been
      detained.
       
      At the church’s 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 don’t 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 doesn’t
      want to eat. Another tried to breastfeed, but she knew it  wasn’t 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
      organize help.
       
      A total of 408 students were absent in the Marshalltown  community
      school district as of Wednesday morning, district officials  reported.
       
       
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