after several of days of defense attorneys struggling to prove that their clients would not be a flight risk. In most of the cases this week, the government’s prosecution provided a “preponderance of evidence” that detainees would either be likely to flee or posed a danger to the community. Prosecutors argued that by using an alias, defendants are harder to track. In the end, U.S. attorneys could not prove any wrong doing from Gomez other than using someone else’ Social Security number to find work. “It’s a weird thing to balance,” Anderson said before her ruling. “His desire to work is a good thing, but in this case it counts against him.” Gomez received a $10,000 unsecured bond (meaning he won’t have to pay), with several conditions, including remaining in Mississippi’s Southern District. Gomez’s uncle, who took the stand with a child in his lap, told the court he had already driven Gomez to immigration court in New Orleans on two occasions, and welcomed his nephew to stay with him until the trial began. His testimony added that Gomez’s mother had contacted him before Gomez left Guatemala, saying her son was trying to escape the crime in their home country. His uncle warned her that he shouldn’t come to the U.S., but ultimately paid for Gomez’s Greyhound ticket when he got to Arizona. Mississippi Today is continuing to cover the aftermath of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids at poultry plants in early August. Click here for more coverage.