Half-dozen immigrant men return home a week after ICE raid, advocates say
MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa —
A week has passed since a massive immigration raid took the Mount Pleasant community by surprise.
Volunteers with the Eastern Iowa Community Bond Project told KTVO at least five of the 32 men arrested at Midwest Precast Concrete last week have been released from custody.
The bond project was formed last year, to help detained immigrants post bond. The project's co-founder, Natalia Espina said posting bond is the first step the defendant can take to ensure the best outcome for themselves and their families.
She said within the last week, state and national supporters have donated almost $50,000 to help her cause.
"I think there will be more coming in,” Espina said. “I think it just shows that people are concerned about these types of things happening in the state and all over the nation and people are paying attention, and people want to know direct ways in which they might be able to assist. "
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Espina is still communicating this week with families affected by the raid. A meeting was scheduled Wednesday night, for families to receive help in taking their next steps in the legal process.
KTVO told you about 15-year-old Oscar Lopez last week, whose dad was taken to a detention center in Eldora, Iowa the day of the raid. Lopez told KTVO Tuesday night that his dad was one of the five men who returned home this week.
This month’s raid was part of a five-state sweep across the Midwest. ICE agents arrested 85 immigrants total over six days, including Iowa’s 32 arrests in Mount Pleasant. In Nebraska, there were 25 arrests; 15 in Minnesota; 10 in South Dakota and three in North Dakota.