A horrific video hit Twitter this past weekend showing a young boy holding on to his mother as law enforcement officers held her down. The tweet, which went viral, was originally published by the account @hiphopsrevival but has now been deleted. There are versions of the video currently uploaded to YouTube. According to the tweet, the video purportedly showed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents detaining a woman while her young son grabbed on to her. The tweet didn’t provide any details, such as when the incident occurred or the identity of the subjects in the video.
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We reached out to ICE about the video and they told mitú that the men in uniforms are not ICE officials but rather local police officers. The department in question has not been determined. We are awaiting updates from ICE and looking into the matter further.
We also reached out to @hiphopsrevival about why they deleted the video and have not heard back.
Countless people expressed their disgust after watching the video.
This can't be. It is horrific. Young boy holds on to his Mom while cops try to take her away for Immigration laws 😓 https://t.co/3lunyjKf4e
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@MuslimIQ) June 19, 2017
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) June 19, 2017
Investigative reporter Farrah Fazal, from KSTP-TV Channel 5 Minnesota, gave insightful information about the magnitude of the situation
We don't the circumstances of this detainee. We do know this:ICE arrested more than 41,000 people between Jan. 22 and…
Although the Trump Administration said it would focus on deporting criminals, it appears their definition of “criminal” has expanded to include those who entered the country illegally but otherwise have no record of dangerous criminal activity (entering the U.S. illegally is a misdemeanor). Acting Director Thomas Homan told the House Appropriations Committee’s Homeland Security Subcommittee last week:
“If you’re in this country illegally and you committed a crime by entering this country, you should be uncomfortable,” Homan said. “You should look over your shoulder, and you need to be worried.”
The Huffington Post reports that ICE has requested a $1.2 billion increase in funding for next fiscal year. That expansion would include an increase of 51,000 beds from about 34,000 beds at detention centers. As the definition of “criminal alien” expands, it opens the door to potentially more and more arrests.
“Most of the criminal aliens we find in the interior of the United States, they entered as a non-criminal,” Homan said. “If we wait for them to violate yet another law against a citizen of this country, then it’s too late. We shouldn’t wait for them to become a criminal.”
So while the heartbreaking video of the boy holding on to his mother could be from ten years ago or ten days ago, the pertinent thing to remember is that arrests and detainments of Latinos occur at a rapid rate.
Update: It’s been brought to our attention that the original video was uploaded in early May and took place in New York City. The mother in the video was a food vendor in a public park. Law enforcement officials arrested her for selling food without a license.