ICE officials were tipped off by a former Petit Jean employee who had a rather interesting job description: She provided fraudulent documentation (ID cards, social security numbers etc.) for illegal alien employees.
In total, 119 illegal aliens were arrested.
Something worth mentioning: It drives me mad when I hear people whining about “not all illegals are from Mexico…quit picking on Mexico…blah, blah, blah.” And I suppose they are correct—of the 119 arrested, there were 4 from El Salvador and Honduras.
Only 115 were from Mexico or roughly 97%. Ugh, those darn immigration reform people and their penchant for unreasonable racial profiling…
Several of the detainees were scheduled for formal deportation hearings and returned to their homes in Arkadelphia. Many were deported immediately to Mexico.
30 children were left without parents—a local church intervened and provided temporary living accommodations.
Of course, the immigration apologists are already crying foul—a tantrum that sounds remarkably like a teenage girl on the suicide hotline after learning about her 10 pm Prom Night curfew.
By the way, ICE officials specifically asked about any children who may need assistance and the detainees denied having any children.
It’s a sticky situation to be sure. I have no doubt ICE officials would take every precaution to protect the rights of illegal immigrants and especially, the children.
HOWEVER, the 119 illegal aliens detained today are solely responsible for any harm their children experienced as a result of their parents’ arrest.
It is certainly a harsh reality but after today, perhaps the other 11+ million illegal aliens in the U.S. (and those planning their future move) will be less inclined to break our laws.
Related: 30 Kids Left Behind After Immigration Raid by Melissa Nelson—Associated Press.