GREELEY — A study released today on the effects of immigration work-site raids on children says that this northern Colorado community was the most deeply affected of the three communities examined.
The National Council of La Raza and the Urban Institute commissioned the report on communities that experienced large-scale work site raids within the past year: Greeley, Grand Island, Neb., and New Bedford, Mass.
In Greeley, three children for every four adults taken into custody were affected by the raid on the Swift & Co. meat-processing plant Dec. 12.
A total of 201 children had at least one parent who were arrested. In all, there were more than a dozen pregnant women taken into custody.
Marina, a Guatemalan native who declined to give her last name because she is undocumented, was one of them.
She was seven months pregnant when she was arrested. She was released the same day, but her court hearing isn't until Oct. 4, 2008. She awaits her fate, and that of her 6-month-old U.S.-born son.
"I am still afraid to go out," she said, crying, as she recalled the morning she was taken to a detention center in Aurora.
Rocky Mountain News