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ICE Terrorizes Nashville Community After Officer Shoots Man In Attempted Apprehension

The President and his government like to tell Americans that immigrants coming to the US are terrorizing neighborhoods. That an increase in migration is leading to increased crime rates and making us all less safe.

After a recent ICE involved shooting in Tennessee, many are calling BS on those claims. Between the storming of work places, separation of families, and now an alleged shooting, many are arguing that it is ICE that is terrorizing communities and making us all less safe.

In a severe escalation of violence, an ICE officer fired his gun at a man during an attempted apprehension.

ICE is accused of terrorizing a residential Nashville neighborhood in pursuit of an alleged undocumented immigrant. According to reports, ICE made a traffic stop of a white box truck in the parking lot of a local grocery store.

The vehicle came to a stop but as the officer approached the vehicle the man began to drive off. According to ICE and the FBI, the man drove in the direction of one of the ICE agents and this is when the ICE agent opened fire at the truck…again, in a grocery store parking lot in the middle of a residential neighborhood.

The man in the vehicle made no attempt at escalating the situation with the officers. According to The Tennessean, the man attempted to flee the arrest and, although that would be illegal, it’s no cause for an officer to fire his weapon and risk killing the suspect.

Following the shooting, the white truck was found abandoned and the man surrendered in a hospital.

Metro Nashville police confirmed the box truck was later found at Country Meadows mobile home park down the street from the grocery store but the driver was nowhere to be found. 

A local news helicopter showed the box truck had at least one bullet hole in the windshield.

The man made his way to a local hospital for medical treatment where he surrendered to police and was taken into custody.

By Friday, the man had been released from the hospital but it wasn’t clear where the man was.

He was released from the hospital Friday morning, his family’s attorney said.

The 39-year-old man from Veracruz, underwent surgery on Thursday night after being shot twice earlier in the day outside an Antioch Food Lion, Nashville-based immigration attorney Andrew Free said.

“He is in good health,” Free told The Tennessean Friday morning.

According to the FBI, the man hasn’t been arrested nor charged with a crime (which makes the fact that he was shot by ICE that much more shocking!). However, police are now investigation an attempted assault against a federal officer because of the man’s alleged attempt to drive towards the ICE officer in his attempt to flee the scene.

The city’s mayor, David Briley, issued the following statement regarding the shooting:

“The federal government’s inability to arrive at comprehensive immigration reform results in situations like what happened in Antioch this morning. This is exactly what we don’t want happening in our city. MNPD is no longer involved and has turned the scene over to the FBI. MNPD is currently looking for the victim of this shooting so that he may receive any needed medical assistance. My top priority remains the safety and well-being of all of the residents of Nashville.”

Briley recently signed an executive order calling lawmakers to repeal a state law banning sanctuary city policies — including local cooperation with federal immigration agents.

Local immigration advocates are speaking out against the attack.

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) said the agent “could have killed” the man.

“ICE was trying to separate a man from his family yesterday, but they could have killed him. We are relieved that the day ended without further violence and that the man was able to receive life-saving medical care,” said Mary Kathryn Harcombe, Legal Director with the TIRRC said.

“We were deeply troubled by the way that early media reports allowed the ICE agents to frame their use of deadly force as self-defense. As videos and more information about the shooting surface, we demand that the investigation be thorough and impartial. The ICE agent who fired the gunshots should be held accountable for his excessive and unreasonable use of force,” Harcombe said.

Families in the area were terrified of the news.

TIRRC said “In the wake of yesterday’s shooting, we were fielding dozens of calls from Antioch residents, terrified that the ICE agents were still in the neighborhood conducting immigration enforcement. Teachers rode the school bus home with their students who lived in the area, uncertain if it was safe for them to return home,” said Camila Herrera, Services Director at TIRRC. “ICE is a rogue agency that is enforcing civil immigration law with shocking cruelty. ICE does not make our communities safer or stronger,” said Herrera.

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It’s Like “A War Zone” At The Border Wall As Injured Migrants Are Being Sent Back Without Medical Treatment

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It’s Like “A War Zone” At The Border Wall As Injured Migrants Are Being Sent Back Without Medical Treatment

For years we’ve heard of horrific stories from the U.S.-Mexico border, and things only seemed to get worse under the Trump administration’s cruel and inhumane policies.

Now, with new segments of border wall finished – including 15-feet-tall segments with barbed wire – many people who attempt to cross the border wall are falling victim to severe injuries as they fall to the ground or are torn up by razor wire. Although many are falling into the U.S. side of the border, where they should be receiving medical care once apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol, many are being immediately returned to Mexico.

U.S. Border Patrol is returning severely injured migrants to Mexico without medical care.

Donald Trump’s “big, beautiful wall,” which has torn apart communities along the border region and done nothing to curb migrants and refugees from attempting to reach the U.S., is leading to crippling injuries to people attempting to cross the border amid worsening situations in their home countries.

According to one Texas pastor, Rosalio Sosa, who runs a network of migrant shelters known as Red de Albergues Para Migrantes (RAM), told Dallas News a shelter in Palomas gets about seven injured migrants per week and the situation there looks like that of a “war zone,” with the number of injured piling up.

“This has become a war zone, with war injuries and no resources,” he said. “But governments need to know that deserts, rivers, walls are no match for hunger.”

According to Sosa, Border Patrol routinely sends migrants to Palomas with a range of injuries from minor to serious including those who have fallen off the Border Wall. 

“They just pick them up and send them over here. No wheelchair, nothing. Not even a Tylenol,” Sosa said.  The shelter works to get the men medical care in Mexico.

Many migrants confirm what the pastor is alleging, saying they’re being dumped like garbage.

Many of those who have attempted to enter the U.S. are fleeing political unrest and economic uncertainty amid the Covid-19 pandemic. They allege that they are being “dumped” back in “Mexico like garbage” without any help or medical aide from Border Patrol.

Pedro Gomez, who attempted to flee Guatemala in January, said his ankles were broken after falling from the wall and he had to crawl to the US border agent’s vehicle.

“I couldn’t even get up, so I crawled inside the migra [US Border patrol] vehicle”, Mr. Gomez said, adding: “they dumped us in Mexico like garbage, a piece of trash. They said ‘stand up, stand up.’ I don’t know where I found the strength.”

For their part, the Border Patrol denies any allegations of mistreatment.

The U.S. Border Patrol has routinely denied any wrongdoing. In fact, in response to multiple allegations from the pastor and several migrants who claim mistreatment, the agency released a statement rejecting the claims. It said the agents regularly encountered injured migrants and administered medical aid to those hurt.

“We routinely encounter injured people on the border, most of which are individuals that have entered the country illegally. When it is apparent that someone is hurt we will administer first aid and request assistance as needed,” El Paso sector border patrol chief, Gloria Chavez, said in the statement.

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ICE Has Gone Rogue As It Continues With Deportations Despite Several Policy Changes

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ICE Has Gone Rogue As It Continues With Deportations Despite Several Policy Changes

Long before taking office, President Biden vowed to undo many of the Trump administration’s most cruel and inhumane immigration policies within days of taking office. But despite several executive orders, Biden’s policies have met several roadblocks and swift changes in immigration policy have yet to arrive.

One major roadblock to ending deportations has been a federal judge that placed a hold on a Biden’s executive order and the other has been a “rogue agency” that’s continued several of Trump’s immigration policies.

Migrant rights advocates are calling ICE a “rogue agency” as it faces new allegations of abuse.

Although President Biden has outlined his immigration policy and installed his new head of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – which oversees ICE – the White House still does not have full control of ICE, which faces multiple allegations of human rights abuses and allegations that it has disproportionately targeted Black migrants.

The agency also continues to deport immigrants who don’t fit the categories approved for deportation by DHS – even those who had been taken off deportation flights just hours before.

Many deportees are claiming that ICE has stepped up its torture of detainees.

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Several migrant rights groups – Freedom for Immigrants, Al Otro Lado and Advocates for Immigrants Rights – published affidavits from Cameroonian asylum seekers who they said were tortured by being forced to approve their own deportations. The asylum seekers described being forced to the floor and having their fingers inked and pressed on to deportation documents they had refused to sign.

According to The Guardian, one Cameroonian asylum seeker described being brought into a room with darkened windows where he was forced by agents to put his fingerprint on a document in lieu of a signature, waiving his rights to further legal process before deportation.

“I tried to stand up because of the force that they were using on me, and they tripped me,” HT said. “I fell on the floor; I kept my hands under my body. I held my hands tight at waist level so they could not have them. Five of the Ice officers and one of the officers in green … joined them. They pressed me down and said that I needed to give them my finger for the fingerprint.”

One man was put on a flight to Haiti even though he’s not Haitian and had never been to that country.

And despite new directives from DHS and the Biden administration, ICE continues to carry out deportation flights containing people who fit none of the current criteria for deportation.

Just last week, Paul Pierrilus, a 40-year-old financial consultant from New York, who had never been to Haiti and is not a Haitian citizen, was taken off a deportation flight at the last moment after the intervention of his local congressman, Mondaire Jones. But just days later, ICE put him on another plane and sent him to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Jones told the Guardian: “Ice is a rogue agency that must be brought to heel. There is no world in which an agency under the control of the leader of the executive branch should continue to deport people after the president of the United States signed an executive order halting deportations for 100 days.”

However, the Biden administration has also moved forward on its own with many deportations.

It’s true that a federal judge ordered the Biden administration not to enforce a 100-day pause on deportations, but the ruling did not require the government to schedule them. However, the administration has moved forward on deportations for hundreds of immigrants within the past two weeks.

It’s unclear how many of those people are considered national security or public safety threats or had recently crossed the border illegally, the priority under new guidance that DHS issued to enforcement agencies.

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