Much to many people's dismay, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids continue to happen across the United States. Parents have been taken into custody, children have been separated from their parents, and ICE continues to face criticism once again. While there are plenty of arguments for whether they're necessary or not, there's no denying that the consequences of these raids have negatively impacted many individuals.
One teenager has been left to raise her younger siblings all alone after her mother was detained in a recent ICE raid. Jennifer Ramirez is the 18-year-old teen in question, and her mother is Dora Chavez. The latter is an undocumented immigrant whereas Ramirez and her siblings were born and raised in the United States.
But back on October 4th of this year, Chavez- a single mother of six- was arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma for driving without a license. Since then, she's been held by ICE and is at risk of being deported. This has negatively impacted Ramirez and her much younger siblings- but it's also hurt her mother, too.
"My mom has been a mother and father to six of her kids. She's never been to jail, this is her first time. To me, it's really new because I don't know what to do," Ramirez explained in an interview.
"[My siblings] always ask me questions that I can't answer. The baby, he latched on to me so much now that he doesn't really remember my mom no more. He calls me mom now," she added.
Between working full-time and raising her five siblings, Ramirez certainly has her hands full. But neither she nor her mother is giving up. Chavez tries her best to send notes to her children while in custody. For her part, Ramirez has also set up a GoFundMe page to raise $10 000 USD to cover her ICE bond and has started the hashtag #KeepDoraHome. As of now, the GoFundMe has managed to raise $5776 USD and is set to end in just a few days.
It's unknown if the GoFundMe will be successful in keeping Chavez in the U.S. But we wish nothing but the best for her and her family, and that Chavez isn't separated from her family.