Youngstown — The deportations have started following the immigration raids in Sandusky last week.
And now we're hearing stories of how those detainees are being treated behind bars.
One of the biggest problems, according to attorneys, is that they haven't been able to get in touch with those being held. And neither the families nor the detainees have any idea of when they're being deported or to where.
Rosa Ramos, was on the phone with her stepdad minutes after he was rounded up by Immigration officers.
"He was still messaging me and then said, I have to let you go. They're taking me in a bus now. And that's when I started bawling," she said.
And now her worst fears are coming true. Mothers and fathers leaving children behind. Being shipped from prison to prison before being dropped off at border towns.
Rosa’s stepdad was taken to a Detroit Detention center, before being sent to the Northeast Ohio Correctional facility in Youngstown, where we're told the detainees are getting little more than rice and bread.
Veronica Dahlberg of the advocacy group HOLA, believes it’s because the facility is privately run.
"They want to keep the costs down, and so they cut all kinds of corners. There's not enough staff there, the food is not really food. It's a recipe for disaster," she told us.
She also says she's been struggling to connect the detainees with attorneys. Time is critical, as many could be deported by next Tuesday.
Some have already been shipped off. We were told about one woman who was dropped off in dangerous border town, and not even told where she was.
"She had no ID, no money, she was wearing the clothes she wore to work at Corso's that day. That's how she was dropped off. And it was night," Dahlberg adds.
And because the jail is trying to process so many of the workers, some are being pushed to sign deportation papers without getting legal advice.
"The people could be in shock after a raid like that and they don't know what to do. They're scared. They just sign, as a way to say 'well at least I'll be some place that I know and I'm not gonna be sitting indefinitely’,” Dahlberg explained.
When I pointed out that some say the workers brought this on themselves, Dahlberg fought back, pointing out that agriculture in Ohio wouldn’t exist if it was not for undocumented laborers, who she described as toiling from sun up to sundown, doing back-breaking work.
She added, “For them to be treated this way, with military style tactics, is outrageous."
Veronica told me late Thursday that Congressman Tim Ryan got involved and has helped those attorneys reach at least one person being held.
We called the correctional facility to ask about the conditions at the prison and were told “No comment.”