Thursday, January 7, 2016

Feds raid Lawrenceville home in immigration sweep (WSB-TV Atlanta)

Feds raid Lawrenceville home in immigration sweep

Updated: 6:28 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 | Posted: 4:59 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Federal immigration agents picked up a Gwinnett County mother and her two children in a series of recent raids in three states.

Channel 2’s Aaron Diamant talked to the woman's oldest daughter who said she watched in horror as it happened.

Diamant met with that young woman caught up in the crackdown here at her lawyer's office Tuesday trying to figure out what to do next.

Junnedy Mijangos said federal immigration agents stormed her Lawrenceville home early Saturday, arrested her mother and her younger brother and sister.

Fighting back tears, Junnedy told Diamant the feds didn't take her because she's a new mom.

Rosa Vargas Morales and her kids fled Guatemala and entered the U.S. illegally in 2014, just a few of the 121 unauthorized immigrants in several states under deportation orders. The feds picked them up in a series of recent raids.

They all ended up at a federal detention center in south Texas.

"Oh my God, it was unbelievable, because you never thought kids are involved, single mother," said Immigration Attorney Shirley Zambrano.

Zambrano says the family called her frantic since Morales' federal supervision ordered didn't expire until June.

She's now working on an emergency stay of removal for Morales and her children, worried about their safety.

"They're afraid, because they're running away from violence, from gang members, from a lot of things," Zambrano said.

In a statement, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said:

“I know there are many who loudly condemn our enforcement efforts as far too harsh, while there will be others who say these actions don't go far enough. I also recognize the reality of the pain that deportations do in fact cause. But, we must enforce the law consistent with our priorities."

Junenedy's mother, brother and sister could be on a plane back to Guatemala as soon as Wednesday.

While Junnedy still faces the same deportation order, she Diamant she'll fight to stay in the country.

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