The Night Immigration Agents Took Two Madison Children’s Father


JACKSON—Around 2 a.m., Joshua Quinn's phone rang, waking him.

"They took him! They took him! They took him!" cried the voice of an 11-year-old boy Quinn was helping mentor at The BARS Institute, which he started to help young boys of color in Mississippi's capital city.

Quinn, who is a black man from Jackson, could not make out anything else the boy was saying because he was sobbing uncontrollably.

"I'll call you back," Quinn said, hoping to give the boy time to gather himself. The phone rang again. It was the boy's mother.

"My kids, my kids! Please help my kids," she managed through tears. Like with her son, though, Quinn could not make out much else because she, too, was speaking through sobs.

'I Got You'

Quinn did not know what was happening, but he knew he had to get to the children—and fast. He got in his vehicle and started to make his way to the house in Madison where the boy's family lived. On the way, the mother called back. This time, she had calmed down enough to explain what had happened.

"They took my husband," she said. Her husband had dropped her off at the grocery store where she worked overnight and, while she was gone, federal immigration agents had shown up at the house and arrested her husband in front of the boy and his younger sister, who was then 8 years old. She had no way of getting home to them.

When Quinn arrived at the home, he saw the children sitting outside on the porch crying. Nearby, their father's truck sat parked in the same spot he had left it after dropping their mom off at work.

"I got you," Quinn promised the kids, putting his arms around both of them. He did not know what to do in a situation like

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