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Community churches offer shelter to undocumented workers after federal raids

Posted at 7:38 AM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 07:38:34-04

Community support is building in response to the recent federal raids of four local Mexican restaurants. Churches are opening their doors and sanctuaries, offering shelter and support to those employed undocumented workers and their families during this time of uncertainty.

Trinity Episcopal Church and Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church are just two churches that are speaking up and stepping in to help those workers taken into custody by ICE early last week. Investigators say, 90 percent of the workers employed were undocumented, relying on owner Sergio Mucino for shelter and transportation. Now, a majority of them are without a job and homeless.

Pastor Drew Ludwid of Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church says, there's a bigger issue on the table, "There are people here that had a sense of stability and now they don't know where they're going to live, how they're going to live and if they're going to be able to remain in this sense of security."

An immigration hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, October 25th that may determine the fate of these undocumented workers. 

We will continue to follow this story.