Denucia woman who suffered abuse by ICE agents who tried to arrest undocumented family.
A family of immigrants in Homestead, South Florida, denounced abuses by federal agents of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE, for its acronym in English) for a national five-day raid resulted in the arrest of more than 2 thousand undocumented.
The government ensures that all detainees had criminal records and were placed in deportation proceedings.
But not all arrests would have been recorded in the appropriate manner, reports the Miami Herald on its front page on Monday. An immigrant family complained of harassment by agents who came to her home to find a guy without papers who does not live at that address.
Reyna Vasquez told the newspaper that in early March, at about 7 am, knocked on the door of his house. She thought it was plumbers.
She added that in her driveway encountered several men who spoke to her in English and wore black jackets with the word “Police” on the chest.
She said she tried to prevent the entry of agents, but they entered the house and interrogated all the people that were in place “without presenting a warrant”.
The operation called “Cross Check” began Sunday March 1 and ended on Thursday, March 5.
The complaint adds that among those questioned her daughter, Gloria Carrada, a US citizen who argued that agents pressured her to show them the house of Pedro Morales, an undocumented uncle who had been convicted of a felony was.
The woman said ICE agents threatened to arrest his family if he did not cooperate. Some relatives of Carrada are undocumented.
“I was born here and never thought I could pass something like this, but I threatened to take my whole family if she did not cooperate,” Carrada said 20-year-old who was born in Homestead, told The Miami Herald. “I begged them not to force me to give to the father of my cousins to save my family, but not listen. When you’re in a situation where police are telling you that you will remove your child if you do not cooperate, you do what they tell you. ”
ICE, through a spokesman, told the newspaper that the agency was reviewing the complaint. “ICE allegations of misconduct by employees is taken very seriously and are reviewing the complaint,” wrote Nestor Yglesias.
In the case of a special operation and if families allow them entry, ICE agents do not need a warrant to enter the address where they live undocumented.
Activists defending the rights of immigrants, however, said it is common immigration agents using scare tactics when conducting raids to intimidate the population.
Most undocumented workers do not know their derechosos in the country, and yield to pressures for fear of being arrested and facing deportation from the United States.
“I understand that if they want to call raids can call them a transaction, and if they do not need court orders, then that is their technical answer,” said Carolina Canizales, coordinator of Education, No Deportation, the United We Dream coalition program, who presented the complaint on behalf of the family of Homestead and family in Georgia with a similar complaint, the newspaper reported.
Canizales says that in this case registered in Homestead “there were clear human rights violations of this family.”
Last week, the DHS announced a nationwide raid five days leaving a total of 2,059 undocumented immigrants arrested 117 of them in the southern state of Florida.
The DHS said that among those arrested during the raid were more than 1,000 criminals convicted of serious crimes, including murder, child pornography, theft, kidnapping and rape, many with multiple convictions.
“This operation demonstrates the commitment of ICE to prioritize convicted criminals and threats to public safety for the interception and expulsion,” Sarah said in a statement Saldaña, director of ICE.
On November 20, Cando President Barack Obama announced an executive order to protect from deportation to about 5 million undocumented action, warned that the priority of his administration’s detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants who have committed serious crimes.
The Department said that the raid, identified as “Operation Cross Check” focused on arrests of offenders who pose a public threat.
Among those arrested were also undocumented immigrants who had previously been deported and returned home without permission.
Since 2011, when ICE began conducting national large-scale operations, the authorities have arrested 12,440 convicted criminals.
National organizations that defend the rights of immigrants reiterate that many detainees in ICE raids are not a serious threat to US security.