Weeping girl left abandoned by ICE pleads with 'government' to 'let my parents be free'

A gut-wrenching plea from a sobbing Mississippi girl to the U.S. government to “not leave the children with cryingness” is rippling through the media as the face of the suffering of a mammoth bust of migrants by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

“Government, please [use] your heart. Let my parents be free and everybody else. Please don’t leave the children with cryingness,” sobs 11-year-old Magdalena Gomez Grigorio in a news video. “I need my dad and mami. My dad ... is not a criminal.”

Magdalena was one of scores of children apparently left abandoned after ICE raided seven food processing plants Wednesday in different towns in central Mississippi in the largest single arrest of immigrants in a more than a decade. Agents rounded up 680 men and women. But more than 300 reportedly were released Thursday morning with notices to appear before immigration judges.

The operation occurred just hours before President Donald Trump traveled to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, in the wake of mass shootings in both cities. The attack on an El Paso Walmart has been linked to a vicious anti-immigrant manifesto authorities believe was written by the suspected gunman.

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A man is taken into custody at a Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton, Miss., on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 photo, Jesse Van Fleet, left, assists Jasmine Ward and Myles Wright, 5, of Jackson, unload donated items for the pantry at the Carlisle Crisis Center in Forest, Miss. The center, a ministry of Scott County Baptist Association, says they will need more food items to help out the families affected by the fallout of Wednesday's raid by U.S. immigration officials at poultry plants Koch Foods and PH Foods in neighboring Morton. The raids were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as undocumented employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 photo, while his father, Pastor Hugo Villegas inspects the freezer, Pablo Villegas, right, says the pantry at the Carlisle Crisis Center in Forest, Miss., has a limited amount of perishable foods, courtesy of the immediate community, as well as contributions from individuals as far away as Jackson, and help from some social agencies and civic groups. The center, a ministry of Scott County Baptist Association, says they will need more food items to help out the families affected by the fallout of Wednesday's raid by U.S. immigration officials at poultry plants Koch Foods and PH Foods in neighboring Morton. The raids were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as undocumented employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
In this Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 photo, owner Juan Garcia, right, waits on a customer at Hondumex in downtown Morton, Miss. Garcia says he's considering closing his store after Wednesday's immigration arrests at the town's Koch Foods poultry plant. The raids were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as undocumented employees. (AP Photo/Jeff Amy)
In this Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 photo, Pastor Hugo Villegas, right, and his son Pablo Villegas, second from right, assist Cade Vowell, left, and his sister Addison Vowell, second from left, unload donated items for the pantry at the Carlisle Crisis Center in Forest, Miss. The center, a ministry of Scott County Baptist Association, says they will need more food items to help out the families affected by the fallout of Wednesday's raid by U.S. immigration officials at poultry plants Koch Foods and PH Foods in neighboring Morton. The raids were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as undocumented employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
A truck loaded with chickens passes Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, following Wednesday's raid by U.S. immigration officials. The raids were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as undocumented employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Gabriela Rosales, right, confers with friends outside the employee entrance to the Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, that was raided Wednesday, by U.S. immigration officials. The raids were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as undocumented employees. A small group of people waited outside the plant for buses of released detainees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Workers exit a Koch Foods Inc., processing plant in Morton, Miss., and head to the parking lot as business continues, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, following Wednesday's raid by U.S. immigration officials. In an email Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said more than 300 of the 680 people arrested Wednesday have been released from custody. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Workers exit Koch Foods Inc., processing plant in Morton, Miss., as business continues, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, following Wednesday's raid by U.S. immigration officials. In an email Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox said more than 300 of the 680 people arrested Wednesday have been released from custody. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Business continues at this Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, as chickens are shipped in for processing following Wednesday's raid by U.S. immigration officials. The raids were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as undocumented employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
A handcuffed woman stares though the chain link fencing at Koch Foods Inc., in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Students make their way from the cafeteria to their classes late Wednesday morning, Aug. 7, 2019, during the first day of school at Meridian High in Meridian, Miss. (Paula Merritt/The Meridian Star via AP)
Koch Foods Inc., employees leave their Morton, Miss., plant following a immigration raid Wednesday morning, Aug. 7, 2019. The early morning raids were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as undocumented employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Domingo Candelaria, a registered immigrant, shows federal agents his identification as he prepares to leave the Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., following a raid by U.S. immigration officials, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. The raid, one of several in Mississippi, was part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as undocumented employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Friends, coworkers and family watch as U.S. immigration officials raid several Mississippi food processing plants, including this Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. The early morning raids were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as undocumented employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Friends, coworkers and family watch as U.S. immigration officials raid several Mississippi food processing plants, including this Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. The early morning raids were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as undocumented employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Friends, coworkers and family wave to one of several buses that are filled with detainees, following a U.S. Immigration raid at several Mississippi food processing plants, including this Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. The early morning raids were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as undocumented employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
A federal agent directs a vehicle to approach following a raid by U.S. immigration officials at a Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Handcuffed female workers are escorted into a bus for transportation to a processing center following a raid by U.S. immigration officials at a Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Koch Foods Inc., employees leave the Morton, Miss., plant following a raid by U.S. immigration officials in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
A man is taken into custody as U.S. immigration officials raided the Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Friends and family console each other while U.S. immigration officials raided Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Handcuffed workers await transportation to a processing center following a raid by U.S. immigration officials at Koch Foods Inc., plant in Morton, Miss. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
This young woman cries while standing outside the Koch Foods Inc., plant as U.S. immigration officials raid the plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
A federal agent directs Koch Foods Inc., employees following an immigration raid Wednesday morning, Aug. 7, 2019 in Morton, Miss. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Workers exit this Koch Foods Inc., processing plant in Morton, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
Two people are taken into custody at a Koch Foods Inc. plant in Morton, Miss., on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. U.S. immigration officials raided several Mississippi food processing plants on Wednesday and signaled that the early-morning strikes were part of a large-scale operation targeting owners as well as employees. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
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Children milled outside of schools Wednesday with no one to pick them up and nowhere to go. Teachers, relatives and other volunteers turned up to take them in or to community centers. Jordan Barnes, a private gym owner in the town of Forest, was offering the space for the children and arranging donated food and mattresses for the children along with help from other community leaders. “I understand the law and how everything works ... but everybody needs to hold the kids first and foremost in their minds,” Barnes told Channel 12 WJTV (see the video below). 

About 200 children in the area didn’t show up for school the following day, BuzzFeed reported. One district was missing a fourth of its students. Some likely couldn’t get to school, while others may have been too frightened to attend. It’s also possible children simply went missing with no one to look out for them. 

Gabriela Rosales, a six-year resident of Morton, where some of the raids took place, told The Associated Press that she understands that “there’s a process and a law.” But what ICE did was “devastating,” she added. “It was very devastating to see all those kids crying, [possibly] having seen their parents for the last time.”

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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