[Marxism] immigration officials starving breastfeeding baby
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Thu Dec 14 13:10:06 MST 2006
Here are all the stories from the Des Moines Register on the raid in
On 12/14/06, Andrew Pollack <acpollack2 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Subject : [laborstandard_discussion] Fw: immigration
> officials starving breastfeeding baby
> See below. One of many horrifying stories on the multistate raids
> 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
> food except from her mother.
> For more, see http://www.ufcw.org/
> 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
> a nursing baby was thwarted today after they said officials from
> Dodge would not let them inside to tell their story.
> Sister Christine Feagan, from the St. Mary's Hispanic Ministry, and
> Rev. Jim Miller, who is a priest from the St. Mary's Parish, both
> 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
> "to show them the need to be free," said Miller.
> Miller said he knows detainees were located there, because they
> permitted a phone call from Camp Dodge and some had called the
> seeking help.
> He said an ICE officer at the facility "wouldn't tell us anything
> The duo returned to Marshalltown this afternoon to deal with the
> of families trying arrange care for children whose parents have
> At the church's Hispanic ministry, the baby whose mother
> was arrested
> was passed among staff and a community activist who had agreed to
> care for her.
> They said they don't know when the girl, whose father is absent,
> be reunited with her mother.
> The child, whose name was not provided by ministry staff, cried
> and stared at the different faces visiting the ministry. Women
> a mixture of Spanish and English coordinated plans with how they
> take care of children left behind.
> Carmen Montealegre is one of the women who is taking care of two of
> 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
> want to eat. Another tried to breastfeed, but she knew it wasn't
> 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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