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South Carolina Latinos Out of Work Since ICE Raid

El Diario/La Prensa, Posted: Oct 14, 2009

GREENVILLE, S.C.- Nearly a year after the largest immigration raid in the Carolinas, Latinos continue to face high unemployment and poverty, reports El Diaro/La Prensa. On Oct. 7, 2008, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents raided Columbia Farms chicken processing plant and arrested 330 Latino workers for being undocumented, and this has been the toughest year for Latinos in Greenville, said pastor Jesus Gallegos. Many have been unemployed since then and depend on community group assistance. "We weren't ready to face the humanitarian crisis that was generated in the community. At first we covered the basic needs of families, legal assistance, but the money ran out, and now there is little help," said Adela Mendoza, coordinator of the Alliance for Collaboration with the Hispanic Community.

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