Gone: Pastor says half of his parishioners were seized in ICE raids

The Deacon's Bench | 8/20/2019 | Staff
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The video below, from a recent Mass, shows some of the emotion involved at the Mississippi communities impacted by the raids.


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First, the Rev. Roberto Mena called forward a couple celebrating 23 years of marriage. He blessed them and the congregation applauded. Next up were two nuns, marking more than two decades in the Catholic Church.

Mena then turned his attention to the immigration raids. When agents flooded seven Mississippi food processing plants on Aug. 7 — including two facilities in nearby Morton — dozens of Mena’s parishioners were taken away. During a Thursday evening service, several people whose family members were locked up approached the front of St. Michael’s Catholic Church to receive the priest’s prayers.

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Nearly all Mena’s time these days is spent dealing with the aftermath of the raids. He estimates half those who attend St. Michael’s and a sister congregation, St. Martin de Porres, in Morton, were detained — people from about 90 families. Mena and the majority of his congregants are Guatemalan, with services offered in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

Mena, 52, has been fielding such a steady barrage...
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