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Some Return Home a Week After Mount Pleasant ICE Raid

Posted: Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at 6:24 am
Author: KCII News - Sam McIntosh

Eight of the 32 immigrants arrested at a Mount Pleasant concrete plant have been released.

Pastor Trey Hegar of First Presbyterian Church in Mount Pleasant says as of May 16th eight men have been released on a $10,000 bond each. Hegar and his church have been providing shelter, monetary, and legal assistance for those potentially facing deportation and their families. Hegar says some of the immigrants arrested were on a path to U.S. citizenship, “A lot of them were on a path. Some are married to U.S. citizens, at least three are married to U.S. citizens but are still considered undocumented because they’re still in the process of getting everything complete. And so one [person] just needs one signature before that’s complete but they were still required to post bond, and still have to go through another immigration trial to prove that that’s where they are.”

Hegar adds not all of the immigrants are seeking citizenship, “Others will seek asylum, specifically one from Guatemala because they’re fleeing extreme violence, extreme poverty. And then one has been orphaned by his father and fled gang violence in Guatemala, and his dad was deported and then brought his son back, and now his dad is facing deportation but his son will be left in the states, and his son’s only 15.”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement offered no comment to confirm the release of any of the 32 immigrants, pending an ongoing criminal investigation.