Breastfeeding mom remains in ICE facility 12 days after being detained, attorneys say


MORTON, Mississippi (CNN) — A mother of three swept up in an ICE raid this month remains separated from her children, including her 4-month-old daughter, whom the mother still breast-feeds, an attorney says.

Maria Domingo-Garcia left for work 12 days ago, and she hasn’t been home since.

She was picked up during a raid Aug. 7 at the Koch Foods plant in Morton, Mississippi.

Domingo-Garcia was among 680 undocumented immigrants detained in raids that day, the most in the agency’s history.

She’s being held in Jena, Louisiana, — nearly 200 miles away.

An ICE spokesman said all detainees get a medical screening and indicated that a nursing mother could be considered for release. The ICE spokesman said Domingo-Garcia answered “no” when asked if she was breast-feeding.

An attorney said Domingo-Garcia hadn’t been asked.

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