Sunday, July 31, 2005

Children Stranded in Ark. Immigration Raid

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) -- When immigration authorities raided a poultry plant and took away more than 100 employees to face deportation, some workers were able to call home and arrange care for their children. But about 30 children, some as young as 3 months old, were left behind with no parents after the arrests, officials said.

''A lot of those families had kids in day care in different places, and they didn't know why Mommy and Daddy didn't come pick them up,'' Arkadelphia Mayor Charles Hollingshead said. A local church ground was helping make arrangements for them.

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