Back to School – The Immigrant Experience

Near the end of July 2017, ICE conducted raids across my hometown, Memphis, TN. By the agency’s count, 83 individuals were arrested in a series of raids that occurred in Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans between July 23 and July 26. Not reported in that number is the fact that ICE later admitted that it specifically targeted families in executing its operation. Predictably, as a result of the raids extreme anxiety and fear rippled throughout Memphis’ immigrant communities. After the raids, as the new school year was about to commence, local press reported that many parents were scared to...

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