The 4-month-old baby's mom isn't even in Mississippi anymore.
The mother, who isn't being identified by name, is at an ICE detention facility in Jena, Louisiana. Dalila Reynoso, an advocate for Justice for Our Neighbors, visited and said the mother looked "distraught" and had a "lost look" about her, according to the Clarion Ledger.
"Why do we have a mother in a detention center with a baby that's 4 months old and who is breastfeeding?" asked Reynoso. Reynoso and an attorney are working on the mother's case and hope that, considering that the mother has no criminal history plus an infant who is still nursing, immigration officials will let her out on bond.
In the meantime, the father is doing his best to take care of his kids.
In this video, the breastfeeding mom's husband shares his story anonymously with translation help from his priest, Father Roberto Mena of St. Michael's Catholic Church. The couple has three kids. In the video you can see their 4-month old baby girl and their 3-year-old boy. Their eldest is 11 years old.
The father has to rely on the help of a neighbor to care for his two youngest children so that he can continue to go to work. The littlest ones are too young to really understand what is going on, but the 11-year-old boy asks about his mother every day when he gets home from school. The father is doing his best to keep his kids from being traumatized by spending time with them at the park and trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy.
Is justice being served?
According to a statement from US Attorney Mike Hurst, the immigration raids are "simply about enforcing the rule of law in our state and throughout our great country."
Father Mena has a different perspective on the situation. "Another aspect that they are not mentioning is that laws have to be just," Mena points out. "And these kinds of laws, they are not just."
Regardless of the law, it seems unnecessarily cruel to separate parents from their children. And it's downright inhumane to keep a nursing mother from her baby.