Released 24 April 2008
THE SALVATION ARMY HELPS LOCAL HISPANIC FAMILIES IN THE WAKE OF INS RAID AT PILGRIM'S PRIDE FACILITY
Chattanooga, TN - April 23, 2008 - Following the recent INS raids at Chattanooga's Pilgrim's Pride facility, well over 100 illegal immigrants were detained pending further governmental action. Twenty-two of these individuals have since been released home, though they must wear ankle bracelets to monitor their movements. The raids have left many children, American citizens by birth, in need of assistance.
Parents, now unemployed, are in need of material and financial assistance in order to care for their families. Many children, whose parents remain in custody, are now living with neighbors. Finally, many affected by these raids are unwilling to leave their homes for fear of further governmental action. As such, these individuals are unable to purchase essential supplies.
In response to this crisis, The Salvation Army will help those in need with food, clothing, baby products, and utility payment assistance. Furthermore, The Salvation Army is calling for local residents, civic groups, and churches to hold diaper and food donation drives.