Updated: Dec 11, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Evelyn Servin
The Southeast Immigrant Rights Network stands firmly in solidarity with Immigrant communities in Mississippi after Congressional Hearing
JACKSON, MS, November 7- Today, the Homeland Security Committee of the House of Representatives heard and read harrowing testimony about the impact and aftermath of the Mississippi raids. On August 7th, 2019, The Southeast Immigrant Rights Network (SEIRN), along with the rest of the country, watched in disbelief as horrifying news unfolded across social media. More than six hundred ICE agents surrounded several poultry processing plants in central Mississippi---helicopters flying overhead--- closing off all exits to the properties and detaining 680 immigrant workers.
That same day, SEIRN joined other non-profit organizations, community organizers, and volunteers from Mississippi to help organize a rapid response relief effort to address the humanitarian crisis that resulted from the raids. Over the first four weeks after the raid, SEIRN mobilized its resources to bring 77 organizers from across the Southeast to assist the families in locating their loved ones in detention, assessing their humanitarian needs, coordinating legal intake clinics, and launching a rapid response Community Hotline to connect families with the appropriate resources. Since August 8th, the hotline has received over 3,548 calls and operators have talked to families for 14,209 minutes. They have heard the painful stories of families in rural Mississippi being ripped apart:
“We have had troubled mothers calling from Guatemala many times a week, spending their last quetzal on expensive international calls begging us to find their children,”
-- Community Hotline Operator.