Here is the transcript from a report shown today on “CNN Newsroom with Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto.”
Do you notice anything strange?
RYAN NOBLES: A Mississippi town is still reeling months after a series of massive workplace immigration raids. Families say they’re living in fear and businesses are struggling to stay afloat after nearly 700 mostly Latino workers were arrested on the job back in August. CNN’s Nick Valencia has more on the economic impact of what was described as the largest workplace sting in at least a decade.
NICK VALENCIA: (Voiceover) Like so many others here, Sofia Hernandez is worried. Three years ago she used the money she saved while working at the local chicken plants to buy this Mexican market. But now with business crippled by the ICE Raids in August, she doesn’t know if she’ll be able to keep it open. She’s had to cut the hours of her employees.
SOFIA HERNANDEZ: [Speaking Spanish]
VALENCIA; Yes, you’re worried?
HERNANDEZ: Speaking Spanish] Yes. some because we don’t know what’s going to happen.
VALENCIA: (Voiceover) Latinos make up nearly a quarter of the more than 3600 residents in Morton, Mississippi. But looking at the streets, you wouldn’t be able to tell. As rumors spread of another raid, most have chosen to spend their days in hiding.
In the nearly four months since the raids on chicken processing plants across six Mississippi cities, Miguel Tambrez’s wife is among the dozens still detained, leaving him to care for their three children alone. Their daughter was just four months old when it happened. She was still nursing.
MIGUEL TAMBREZ: [Speaking Spanish]
VALENCIA: “She cried and cried,” he says of his baby. “There were days when I was in such despair, but I had to keep on fighting for her,” he says. He’s physically and mentally exhausted, and so is his wife. Recently while in custody, she signed voluntary deportation orders. Soon, the family will be reunited again, but not in the United States.
TAMBREZ: [Speaking Spanish]
VALENCIA: “It’s not that it was hard for me. It still is hard for me,” he says, about the financial burden of being the sole breadwinner, and now, sole caretaker.
(Voiceover) Those who were released from ICE custody with court dates were let go on the condition they couldn’t work. And that makes it hard to pay the bills, which means they’ve had to rely on the kindness of others, including churches like this one. But even they don’t know how much loner it’ll last.
Sheila Cumbest had only been pastor at the United Methodist Church in morton for four weeks when the raids happened. Her life and church have been consumed by the event ever since.
SHEILA CUMBEST: Just in Morton alone we’re helping 110, 115 families. Paying bills is expensive. So far the money we’ve spent is around $151,000 since the first week. Every day it’s just facing the same sort of despair in people’s lives. And wondering what’s next.
VALENCIA: (Voiceover) Even the Mayor says the town has changed since the raids. He tells us the plant raided in Morton accounts for 45% of the city’s revenue. A business powered by Latino labor. Despite what happened, he says, Latinos are still welcome in Morton.
MAYOR GERALD KEETON, SR.: Regardless, I mean, whether they are documented or undocumented, you should have compassion for your neighbor.
VALENCIA: But for the Latinos still left, the life they once saw for themselves here may no longer exist. Nick Valencia, CNN.
(There isn’t a single mention in the report of why the “Latinos” are being rounded up and arrested by ICE. The words illegal immigrants or even “undocumented” are not mentioned. )
Was this accidental? If so , it is wildly incompetent and irresponsible. Was it intentional, and an effort by CNN to make U.S. efforts to enforce the law appear to be fascist government persecution of ethnic groups? I strongly suspect that it was.
At very least, CNN has worked so hard to support the Left’s open border agenda that it no longer regards accurately explaining the legal status of those being detained and arrested as necessary information.
Pointer and source: Newsbusters