Neighbors Protect a Man and His Son From ICE

"In the moment — it felt very scary." Nashville residents described how they formed a human chain around their neighbors when they were subjected to an ICE raid.

During the ordeal, a local lawyer was contacted and came to the scene

Nashville neighbors formed a human chain, to stop ICE from taking a dad and his son into custody. ICE agents followed a man's van and tried to pull it over. The ICE agents said they had a warrant - but not one signed by a judge. The standoff lasted for about four hours. Neighbors came out to support the family and bring supplies. After the ICE agents left, neighbors and advocates formed a human chain to shuttle the two safely back inside their home. Metro Nashville police officers were also present at the scene, but the department said they were there as "peacekeepers" and were not assisting in the ICE operation.

ICE agents with administrative warrants can detain someone, but they cannot forcibly remove someone from their home or vehicle, CBS reports. Because of this, the neighbors' human chain would not be considered an obstruction of justice. Video of the neighbors' coup was shared by Nashville Noticias, an organization that provides news and information to the Latin community in the Nashville area. Tennessee Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition statement said the ICE agents had "no judicial or criminal warrant to apprehend" the man, who was within his rights to remain in the van. "ICE doesn’t have the authority to enter your home or private property without a warrant signed by a judge," the TIRRC statement said. "The majority of the time, ICE only has an administrative warrant — not a judicial one."

During the ordeal, a local lawyer was contacted and came to the scene. "There were two immigration officials sort of bullying a family inside of their own vehicle, telling them that they had an administrative warrant, which isn't the same thing as a judicial warrant, and trying to harass them and fear them into coming out," the lawyer, Daniel Ayoadeyoon, said. "They were saying, if you don't come out, we're going to arrest you, we're going to arrest your 12-year-old son, and that's just not legal, it's not the right law."


07/26/2019 11:11 PMupdated: 07/29/2019 4:54 PM
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  • Christopher A.
    07/26/2019 23:27

    Should have arrested them all for obstruction of justice

  • Salvador Z.
    07/26/2019 23:33

    Since day one I'm saying that is a fake video. Think of this ...that is a work van , ICE would never allow you on the front seat , no ICE agents around , look at the kid waiting for the camera to aproach to get off the van , watch the reaction of the young girl at the end she was laughing and she can't help it , what about the countdown I have never seen a countdown to start getting off an official vehicle , there was a profesional camera on a tripod on the other side of the van , why ? ... I'm mexican and I will love that my people make it safe to the US , I hate ICE , I think latino workforce is the best and many times underpaid , I think even undocumented hardworking people deserves a chance to fix their situation , etcetc ...but I think this is a hoax..

  • Jessica C.
    07/26/2019 23:55

    Come here legally and you wouldn’t have to worry about it it’s that simple

  • Betty S.
    07/27/2019 00:22

    American Heroes, love it.

  • Carol B.
    07/27/2019 00:51

    Jail will end this

  • Ben W.
    07/27/2019 15:49

    Mow em down

  • Peter J.
    07/27/2019 15:55

    Damn. I would have just pushed them aside. We don't need illegals living here.

  • Robert F.
    07/27/2019 16:00

    Here is your obstruction of justice in plain sight but they are trying to falsely claim this against our setting president shame on you Democrats shame on you for your double standards

  • Jeffery M.
    07/27/2019 18:43

    Everyone that stopped the officers from doing their job should have been arrested

  • Michael D.
    07/27/2019 19:06

    They are fucking illegals

  • Nocturnal N.
    07/27/2019 19:26

    Ice should have shot them

  • Darrell T.
    07/27/2019 20:04

    BS they had warrants step aside and let them do their job or go to jail with them that's what would happen to me as a US citizen what else do you expect

  • Arlene A.
    07/27/2019 20:08

    Time for police officers to carry stun guns and use them.

  • Esther C.
    07/27/2019 22:40

    That must be their drug dealer

  • Mike C.
    07/28/2019 01:21

    Arrest them all

  • Hank F.
    07/28/2019 02:55

    It's not a racial's a legal thing.come here illegally you should be deported.

  • Roberto S.
    07/28/2019 03:26

    Let ICE do their job !

  • Elizabeth T.
    07/28/2019 03:27

    They all should have been arrested. They obstructed justice and there is video proof of it.

  • Eugene F.
    07/28/2019 08:49

    Tear gas and rubber bullets will clear that up.

  • Justin W.
    07/28/2019 17:25

    You shouldn’t need a warrant for illegals. They’re not racist acts every country has these laws. Do it legally or get the fuck out