Residents of a neighborhood in Tennessee formed a human chain on Monday morning to prevent agents from the Immigration and Customs Administration (ICE) reportedly taking a man into custody.
The man who lives in Hermitage, Tenn. The transmitter, which is about 20 minutes from Nashville, got into his van with his son when an ICE vehicle blocked him.
The broadcaster added that the ICE agent had an administrative order that allowed the agent to detain him. Someone, however, did not allow ICE to forcibly remove anyone from his home or vehicle.
"There were two immigration officers who mobbed a family in their own vehicle and told them that they had an administrative order that was not identical to a judicial arrest warrant, and tried to harass and fear them coming out," he said Daniel Ayoadeyoon, a local lawyer who was there to help, told WTVF-TV.
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"They said if you do not come out, we'll arrest you, we'll arrest your 1
In the next few hours, neighbors came out to help the man and his son and gave them essential things to get them. I did not have to leave the van, the TV station reported.
"We made sure they had water, that they had food, and we put the gasoline back into the vehicle when they got low just to make sure they were fine," said Felishadae Young. a neighbor, the station.
After about four hours, the neighbors are said to have formed a human chain so that the father and son can run into their home. Once they've made it, ICE has gone, the station reported.
"I know they will come back, and when they come back, we'll come back," Young told the station.
Several people who were witnesses According to reports, the situation was broadcast live on Facebook.
An ICE spokesman told Fox News that the man the agency attempted to arrest was a convicted criminal ordered to be deported from the country after receiving appropriate trial before the federal immigration tribunals.
He added that the ICE officers had decided to defuse the situation by walking, pointing out that persons who disrupt or hinder federal prosecutors generally face arrest and possible criminal prosecution Persecution of the Federation.
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ICE also sent this statement Fox News:
"US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Deportation Officers were looking for a convicted criminal Extraterrestrial ICE fugitive with a pending removal order on the Nashville subway when they were hit on July 22 by a small group of demonstrators. Out of consideration for the safety of all participants, the ICE staff subsequently decided to leave without detention in order to defuse the situation.
ICE performs a targeted enforcement of the Federal Immigration Act on a daily basis in accordance with our routine day-to-day operations. In general, ICE continues to focus its enforcement efforts on offenders, as nearly 90 percent of those arrested last year for violating federal immigration law have either received a previous criminal conviction or a pending indictment. ICE does not conduct arbitrary or arbitrary enforcement that would randomly encounter individuals. "
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department officials were also on-site, but did not help detain the man's department.
A statement from Metro Nashville police to Fox News said an ICE agent had asked the police for assistance after a driver refused to stop when the agent tried to overtake him, and then sat in the van, without intending to pick it up.
The agent says he did not specify what the police department should do.
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"The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Statement:
" ICE finally left when the man was still in the van , The police have gone accordingly. "