ICE recently conducted a massive workplace raid in a small Tennessee town called Morristown, leaving families petrified. More than 500 kids missed school the next day to deal with the fallout.
“On Thursday, April 5th, ICE stormed into a small town in East Tennessee, raided a factory, [and] arrested 97 workers in what’s the largest workplace raid under the Trump administration and really in the last decade,” explained Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition co-executive director Stephanie Teatro.
After the raid, several workers were released and reunited with their children, though many still have orders of deportation and have to fight in court to stray in the U.S. The family-run factory is under investigation for both alleged immigration-related offenses and tax evasion. 54 workers are still in ICE custody.
“We’re only a little over a year into the Trump administration and if they are feeling so empowered that they can storm into a workplace and arrest people without even asking them their names, I think what scares us is what more they think they’re capable of and what more they think they can get away with,” Teatro explained. “But I hope that they’re watching this response in Morristown, because if they thought that they could come into this rural Tennessee community and that nobody would notice that they ripped 97 workers away from their family, they’ve been proven wrong.”