Families Left Behind


It's a raid that nabbed 36 illegal immigrants in Mishawaka.

Although the temporary fate of some of the arrested Janco workers may be known the question remains as to what will happen to the families left behind?

Several of the family members didn’t want to talk with NewsCenter Sixteen on camera for fear of being arrested themselves.

But friends and family of the workers were willing to share their thoughts.

Violeta Hernandez works at Nancy’s Bridal Store on the West Side of South Bend. Many of the customers also worked at Janco.

“People come here and they just say that they took us some of their families um brothers or sister the wives mothers there really sad they never thought they would do that,” says Hernandez.

“I work with the kids at school. They are from Mexico, their parents are from Mexico and you can see in their faces they are sad,” says one ESL teacher.

In this case of the thirty six arrested, twenty four can post bond., five will be deported and taken back to Mexico and two from El Salvador had already been arrested.

So, they face automatic deportation.

The rest of the workers that were arrested are still waiting to hear what their fate will be.

It's a fear many illegal immigrants say they face everyday for a better life in the U-S.

“Its a fear in their life… they live it everyday.. they are illegal. They know they ain't suppose to be here but they try to I guess gamble with their lives and their freedom in some cases you can go to jail for that,” says Mario Rosales a manager with Rosales Supermarket.

Some of detainees are being held in Kenosha, Wisconsin or McHenry county, Illinois.

Immigration officials say the deportation hearings could take a number of weeks because of the judge's schedule.

Also paying for bond costs about three to six thousand dollars.


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