NEW BEDFORD — Luis Gomez clearly remembers the Tuesday morning in 2007 when hundreds of federal agents swooped in on a New Bedford textile factory and arrested 361 illegal immigrants. A high school student at the time, Gomez came home and turned on the TV to see reports about mass arrests at the Michael Bianca factory. His mother, then three months pregnant, was a worker there.
“I was just frozen,” he said. “I didn’t want to believe it.”