People in Salem said the ICE raid on Tuesday disrupted daily life but outside of the community, others are reeling, too. One young woman said this immigration raid is déjà vu.
Families are waiting for news on loved ones as they try to move forward.
When federal agents arrested over 140 Fresh Mark workers, many teachers in Salem were brought to tears, worried for their kids.
In Youngstown, Lina Adi was also in tears. She said it was like watching history repeat itself, but on a much larger scale.
Lina’s dad, Youngstown businessman Amer Adi, was deported by ICE in February.
The news of the raid in Salem crushed her.
“It was heartbreaking and it brought back a lot of emotions that I wasn’t ready for, feelings I had a few months ago because my own father was taken,” she said.
Salem’s Head Start program helped churches link children with families Wednesday night. Jodi Large said she knows and loves these families.
“These families, they need to stick together. They are attached to their moms and dads.”
Jodi worries the children could be traumatized by this experience.
“The effects could be long-term, it could be short-term. It just depends on their attachments to their families,” she said.
Lina said she’s actively working with church communities in Salem. She started a donation drive at her store, Downtown Circle, in Youngstown.
She believes ICE raids do more harm than good.
“It’s not right. Everyone’s human,” Lina said. “These babies, these people that we took out of Fresh Mark, everybody’s a human and they should be treated as a human.”
The drive at Downtown Circle is collecting non-perishable food, diapers and even monetary donations. Lina’s driving to St. Paul Church in Salem this weekend to drop it off.