Some remember raid like it happened yesterday, others trying to forget

Monday marks five years since that surprise immigration raid at Swift & Company’s meatpacking plant where 145 undocumented employees were taken into custody, leaving family members confused and full of fear that in some cases has still not subsided.Norma Martinez, director of the Multicultural Center of Cache Valley, was there as a volunteer at the time. So how are the Hispanics affected by the raid doing five years later?”When you talk to them, if they were personally affected by it they say they remember it like it was just yesterday,” Martinez says. “It is still vivid, it’s still something people still deal with. “Especially if they were affected by it they still remember what had happened, where they were at, and that sort of thing. I think in the community people still remember, but I think a lot of people are trying to forget.”She says that isn’t easy especially this time of year. Martinez will be a guest on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Friday and she will talk more about those she is working with at the center, also about some of the services offered by the center along with its many needs.

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