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UPDATE: SC Raid Tears Community Apart

Yesterday there was an AP article giving us a bit more information on Monday’s raid in Greenville, South Carolina.

One of the immigrants arrested,  Magdalana Domingo Ramirez Lopez, talks about her experience coming the united states.

Lopez, 29, believed she was safe. But she spent most of Tuesday being fingerprinted and questioned by federal agents and a day later was coming to grips with being sent back to Guatemala. Her sons — ages 4, 5 and 6 — were all born in the U.S.

“The whole time I was there with police, I cried. I kept thinking about my sons. That I wouldn’t see them again,” she said.

She left Central America because she didn’t want her family to grow up in a place where she was so hungry at times that she had to eat grass and dirt.

“I came to the U.S. for work. I came in peace. My goal was to help my sons grow up in a better place. Now that’s gone,” she said.

For a slideshow of pictures from the raids, visit the Charlotte Observer.

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