May 10, 2018-
On April 5, Guadalupe Campos got an early morning phone call from one of her mother’s co-workers at a meatpacking factory in East Tennessee. The co-worker told Campos that immigration officials had descended on the factory. The 18-year-old immediately went to the plant and was denied access. She turned to a nearby National Guard Armory and got the same result. As immigration officials and family members of those inside the factory people descended on the area, Campos was desperate to find her mother, who left Mexico for the United States about 20 years ago.
“My heart dropped knowing that I could possibly not see my mom anymore,” said Campos, who is the eldest of four children, recalling her immediate reaction to the early morning call. The uncertainty lasted about eight hours. “It was devastating, not being able to help her in that situation,” said Campos, who was born in the United States.