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Judge: Mass. detainees should stay there

March 10, 2007 at 10:13 PM   |   Comments

BOSTON, March 10 (UPI) -- A federal judge has ordered immigration authorities to keep any detainees, arrested in a raid last week and still in Massachusetts, in the state.

After 361 people were arrested Tuesday in a raid at a New Bedford company, more than 200 were flown to detention centers in Texas. U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials to work with Massachusetts social service agencies to make sure that no young children were being left without proper care, the Boston Globe reported.

The state Department of Social Services planned to send two teams to Texas.

Gov. Deval Patrick said authorities learned that one mother had been separated from her daughter when the 7-year-old called a hotline the state had set up.

"I understand that the federal government has a job to do in enforcing immigration laws and there was a practical reason for them doing it the way they did it," Patrick said. "The problem is when they executed it, it turned into a race to the airport."

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