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ICE Crackdown In Northwest Indiana

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Catholic church officials in Northwest Indiana are decrying the arrests of 15 undocumented immigrants.They say the action is causing hardship for families so close to the holidays.

Reverend Stephen Gibson says those arrested worked as janitors at the BP Refinery in Whiting.

Gibson is pastor at St. Mary’s Church in East Chicago.

He says he’s now helping to arrange child care for many of the arrested workers, most of whom live in the Whiting-East Chicago area.

GIBSON: Two weeks before Christmas they decided to round up 13 parents.

A BP spokesman says the refinery cooperated fully with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, on the action.BP contracted with United Building Maintenance of west suburban Carol Stream to provide janitorial services.

Officials with the firm could not be reached for comment.Although roundups have occurred elsewhere in Indiana, yesterday’s was the first such action by ICE in northwest Indiana in recent years.

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