After several hours of confrontation between a man and the immigration and customs authorities, the neighbors formed a human chain to prevent him and his 12-year-old son from being detained.
The stalemate began early Monday morning in Hermitage, Tennessee, after the man and his son, sitting in a van parked in their driveway, were blocked by an ICE vehicle. The two refused to emerge and alerted neighbors and immigrants who began bringing food, water and gas to the van.
The Nashville police were called by the ICE, but did not help with the arrest. Rather, they were ready to "keep the peace when needed".
After several hours, the group of those supporting the man formed a human chain around him and his son to push her out of the vehicle and into her home, and then again to drive her from her house to a car move to drive away.
"I was very afraid of what was going on," said neighbor Felishadae Young. "I was very scared because it could be me. It could be my family. It could be anyone. It could be your neighbors, as it was my neighbor today.
Bryan Cox, ICE spokesman, said the ICE officers had decided to leave the scene without arresting to "de-escalate" the situation.