Mass arrest of immigrants in US leaves children temporarily homeless

A mass arrest of more than 650 illegal immigrants in the US left the children of those detained temporarily homeless.

On Wednesday 600 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents arrested 680 undocumented immigrants from seven factories in Mississippi. 

The children of those detained were left stranded outside school, with members of the community taking them to a gym nearby.

Footage from Wednesday shows multiple young children crying as they wait for news of their parents.

"Government please show some heart!" 11-year-old Magdalena Gomez Gregorio told WJTV.

"Let my parent be free!" she said through tears.

The children were cared for and fed by members of the community.

According to a release from ICE on Thursday, all detainees were asked if they had children who needed care. 

If two parents were detained, one was allowed home to look after their dependents. 

Single parents were also released, according to the organisation.

"Based on these procedures, it is believed that all children were with at least one of their parents as of last night," said attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi and ICE Mike Hurst. 

It's unclear how long the children were without parents. 

According to ICE, 300 of the 680 have now been released. The organisation says it is not aware of any children without parents.

The remaining detainees will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine whether they will be released.



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