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Group says Tennessee immigration raid resulted in 600 children missing school

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition said more than 600 children missed school in the aftermath of an immigration raid last week. (U.S. Air Force via MGN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition said more than 600 children missed school in the aftermath of an immigration raid last week.

On April 5, 97 people were arrested and detained during a workplace raid at a meatpacking plant in Bean Station. The joint operation was part of a federal search warrant executed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

TIRRC says the raid was the "largest immigration workplace raid to date under the Trump administration" and workers reported "rough treatment and detention despite having work authorization."

On Monday, TIRRC said the raid has "shocked the conscience of the local community" and more than 600 children were reported absent from local schools in the aftermath. Churches are providing sanctuary for the dozens of children left without caretakers and a fundraiser that has already raised over $34,000 was launched to help families involved in the raid.

A prayer vigil will also be held at Hillcrest Elementary School at 6 p.m. Monday to "show solidarity, love and compassion for impacted East TN families separated by immigration raid," TIRRC said.

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