@ashtoninms Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke knelt down on a patch of grass in a Latino neighborhood in Canton, Miss. A 2-year-old girl dressed in pink looked at O'Rourke while her father stood next to her, his palm resting atop her messy black pigtails.
The girl's father, speaking in Spanish, told @betoorourke this morning that he had two other children as well—and that their mother, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, had been been captured by federal immigration agents in at a poultry plant in town just one week and two days earlier. "We're visiting this kind of terror on families who have done nothing wrong, who pose no threat. We've got to make it better. We've got to change this," said O'Rourke, a former congressman from El Paso, Texas. He said people in Canton told him they do not know how to make rent, pay for a lawyer for the family members—whether a wife, husband, grandparent—that ICE had detained.
Photo by Ashton Pittman.
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