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12.17.06

Swift Raid Impact Follow-Up

Donations continue to pour in to help some cactus families affected by a massive illegal immigration raid. 
Last Tuesday, Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swooped in and arrested close to 300 workers at the Swift Meat Processing Plant.
  The raid tore many families apart leaving children without their mothers and fathers.
   NewsChannel 10's Felicia Lafuente went back to Cactus and spoke with some of those left behind and how they are getting help.
Tons of clothing, food items and even stuffed animals have been donated to help those families affected by the swift plant raid but some residents have been afraid to come to Dumas to get these supplies so community members went to Cactus to give them out.
   Dozens of volunteers gathered at the Catholic Church in Dumas Sunday to sort out donations. 
 After they boxed up items, they put them in truck loads and headed to Cactus to give out to families there.
   Within five minutes of arriving at the Catholic Church in Cactus, the first car showed up.
   In it, Micaela Toll and her one month old baby.
   "She's afraid and upset because it's so hard for her,"says Amparo Winfield who is helping take care of Micaela and her baby.
   It's also hard for 17-year-old Cynthia Escarceja.
   Her mother was arrested in the Swift raid and now Cynthia is taking care of her four younger brothers with the help of her aunt.
   "It's very hard, I don't even know how to explain it, but it's hard. I'm not going to school because of my little brothers, since that day I haven't gone to school. It's very difficult because my little brothers, they cry a lot for her."
   Cynthia along with the many other families affected by the raid were given food, clothing, and baby supplies to help them out.
   Community members say they will continue taking donations as long as families still need help.     

Donations are still being accepted... And are needed. 
You can help by dropping off any non-perishable food, clothing, and baby items to the Saint Peter and Paul's Catholic Church in Dumas.

Close to 200 people have received the donations, but volunteers say there are still many left who need help, especially children.
"These kids don't even know where their family is at, what's going on, it's December, it's coming towards christmas and their parents aren't going to be here with them," says volunteer Perla Nevarez.
With Christmas less than two weeks away, volunteers say they will also be taking any wrapped presents to give to the kids.

 Dozens of the illegal immigrants rounded up in the raid will be back in court this week. 
   On Thursday morning, 53 detainees will make their second appearance in a federal courtroom in downtown Amarillo.
   Criminal charges that center around possessing and using other people's identities were handed down to each suspect last week.
   Right now, the illegal immigrants sit in the Randall County jail.
    At this time, no bond has been set for any of them. 
   

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