From Church to ‘Crisis Center,’ Pastors Fill Void Created by ICE squib

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After the largest workplace immigration raid in the nation’s history broke up hundreds of Mississippi families, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials made it clear the lives they left behind were of little concern to the government.

“We are a law enforcement agency, not a social services agency,” one ICE official told NBC News.

Neither is St. Anne Catholic Church in Carthage, but that hasn’t stopped Rev. Roberto Mena from filling the void left when ICE detained nearly 700 agricultural workers across the state. 

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