How This Citizen Stopped ICE From Arresting 2 Immigrants | NowThis
- Published on: 3/28/2019
- ‘I have no obligation to oblige by that warrant.’ — This citizen stopped ICE agents from arresting 2 undocumented immigrants because he knew his rights.
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In US news, this citizen immigration activist stopped federal agents from ICE from arresting 2 undocumented immigrants in his car. DHS, ICE, and border patrol have been emboldened under the President Trump administration. Donald Trump has made it his immigration mission from the White House to demonize, detain, and deport immigrants. In tandem with Trump, Fox News has amped up its rhetoric against illegal immigrants.
Bryan MacCormack is the executive director of a local immigrant rights group. He was pulled over on March 5 with two undocumented immigrants in his car.
ICE agents attempted to detain MacCormack’s passengers
An ICE warrant directs various federal immigration enforcement agents to arrest the person named in the warrant. Because it is not issued by a judge, an ICE warrant does not give the immigration enforcement officer the authority to demand entry to a home or private space in order to make the arrest.
— Immigrant Legal Resource Center
MacCormack was accompanying the two immigrants to court
for traffic-related offenses on the morning of the incident. He says he was pulled over after leaving court. ICE has increasingly used ‘courthouse arrests,’ especially in New York. One study found a 1700% increase of these arrests in NY from 2016 to 2018.
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