5 Horrifying Ways America’s Hunting Undocumented Immigrants

Being an undocumented immigrant is like playing with the world’s highest-stakes game of hide and seek. They’re already been cut away from entire swaths of society, however under the, ahem, present political climate, matters are getting worse. Police are currently craftier than ever when it comes to nailing those disgusting criminals who dared to attempt to live a better life. For instance …


They Ambush People In Hospitals

ICE is back with a brand-new creation — Immigration and Customs Enforcement, that’s. Some branches have attempted to see hospitals to “develop potential sources of advice,” in spite of the fact that hospitals are considered “sensitive locations” that ought to be off-limits. Thankfully, hospital employees have been turning them away, but sometimes ICE officers actually must go to the hospital once a detainee has a medical crisis, like when Sara Beltran-Hernandez got sick while arrested in Praireland Detention Center at Alvarado, Texas.

Sara Beltran Hernandez Pictured: Sara, at a sadly ironic T-shirt.

She had been carried to the hospital, where her family could not appear to find her. According to her attorney, she was not even recorded as a patient. Once the attorney finally tracked Sara down — alone, with possible brain damage, and only ICE agents and hospital employees to talk to (or for) her — they still weren’t allowed to contact her. This went beyond not having a telephone; ICE employed Magneto-level security protocols to get a 26-year-old mum of two.

Ultimately, Sara was diagnosed with a brain tumor, even although a benign and operable one. This was the last of her great luck. After over a week at the hospital, her doctor told ICE agents that she had been in stable condition, but still in need of operation. They accepted that as a cue to bring her back to the detention centre, where she had been held in isolation. She asserts that she was basically dumped directly from her wheelchair, tied up from the hands and ankles, and refused treatment. ICE has denied all of it, but she was later published on bond, and ICE learned their lesson.


They Will Deport You Even If You’re Trying To Report A Crime

Imagine you’re minding your own business, walking home from the change in the Fleshlight factory, when someone commits a heinous crime in front of you. What should you do? Hightail it the fuck to the police station , right? However, what if you knew that by doing so, you would destroy your whole life? That is reality for individuals like Danny Sigui, who had been rewarded for supplying key testimony that place a murderer behind bars with … an unceremonious deportation. Local law enforcement agencies have been attempting to rebuild trust with all the undocumented community, recognizing that murder is most likely a more severe crime than present, but ICE saw this and thought, “Wait men, what should we posed as authorities? You know, the folks they are supposed to trust?”

Technically, of course, ICE are authorities. You just might not expect to find them at a household courtroom, which is precisely where they have been hanging out, dressed in ordinary police garb that on no account identifies them as immigration agents. It is an ideal cover to capture dangerous scum like abused girls who make the mistake of attempting to get restraining orders. This has resulted in a departure in at least one case. In September 2017, Juan Coronilla-Guerrero went to his regional courthouse for what he believed would be a regular hearing, when he had been arrested and sent back to Mexico City — that he left following a local gang set a price on his mind. Guess what happened when he returned? Even his wife (with whom he was presumably not on the best conditions, believing that the hearing was seeing a household violence charge against him) urged the judge to not deport him, because he very well might not survive the trip. And he didn’t.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement RIP, JC-G. WTF, ICE?

Sometimes they do not even await their aims to come to them. They’ve been captured knocking on people’s doors at Los Angeles, pretending to be conducting an investigation. In Connecticut, they attempted to tempt a woman to a courthouse with a series of bizarre text messages. In each instance, ICE pretended to be local, ordinary authorities, like the shittiest kind of Decepticon.


They Target Human Trafficking Attorney

Unlike what your friendly neighborhood propagandist would have you think, not everyone who comes to this U.S. is completely thrilled about it. Exhibit A: the nation’s entire history.

It is not merely history, though. The American slave trade is still alive and kicking, trafficking thousands and thousands of victims who are forced to provide free labor (or worse). If they can escape, they face a totally new injury: being targeted at ICE.

Such was the case for “Ana,” an anonymous Central American teenager. Her family had sold her to an American guy to get housekeeping and, um, additional services. Fortunately, she escaped her captors, discovered a shelter, and started the practice of applying for residency. It might look like ICE arranging transportation back to the country she never requested to leave would be the most desired outcome for everyone, but might you wish to return to a household that did that to you? Ana sure didn’t, and as a human trafficking victim, she’d most certainly qualify to get asylum. A judge had already ruled that it didn’t make sense to deport her. ICE didn’t see it that way, though, and instead descended upon the shield to arrest her, and throw her at an area that’s prison in all but name. On her 18th birthday.

WhisperToMe/Wiki Commons It had been the world’s worst surprise celebration.

This isn’t an isolated incident. In New York, ICE tried to detain a Chinese woman charged with “working illegally as a masseuse” — you know, something that she obviously never wished to perform. Her attorneys were able to finagle her from there and into a program for human trafficking victims, but it was a close call. Want figure where they tracked her down? Yep. In court.


They Can Impersonate Family Members

Like the witches in Hocus Pocus, ICE officials can not step foot on church grounds. No, seriously. Like churches, hospitals are considered “sensitive locations,” that is legal talk for “Have some goddamn decency.” Reynold Garcia might or might not have understood that when he arrived at 4 a.m. one day, in exceptionally urgent “Holy shit, it’s 4 a.m., why am I doing anything now” need of assistance. His wife and children had been arrested and taken to a detention centre the previous day. And after that, to make matters worse, his phone started blowing up with texts from his wife’s uncle, Noel Coria, frantically explaining that he’d been in a car crash. Garcia then received a call from the authorities, who told him that he needed to come down to the station to complete paperwork as part owner of the car. They even offered Garcia a ride.

You know how that went at this stage. When Garcia abandoned church, he saw a man in a police vest waiting for him (not at the sanctified church parking lot, however at the McDonald’s parking lot next door — the reverse of holy ground). After Garcia got into the unmarked vehicle, it didn’t take Admiral Ackbar to recognize it was a trap. It turned out Coria had been arrested on his way to church, and ICE used his telephone to impersonate him. Garcia was brought to the detention centre, and deported along with his loved ones.

Given that ICE had all but played “I am not touching you” with all the church, the operation may have violated the Fourth Amendment, or the ICE coverage about sensitive locations. Besides treating the reasons like Highlander rules, they are not supposed to disrupt services in any way, and luring a worshiper outside surely seems like it ought to count. Busting churches up and dragging devout families throughout the border simply are not good optics.

Allen Pepa Architects The only way it could have looked worse is if a hunchback started ringing a bell and yelling, “SANCTUARY CITY! SANCTUARY CITY!”


They Snag Hotel Guest Lists For Surprise Deportations

Nothing says “the fantastic life” just like a night in the Motel 6 — ingesting complimentary packages of coffee creamer, watching complimentary network television, and trying to not get stabbed by renegade bed springs. Such was the heaven where Manuel Rodriguez Juarez discovered himself following a fight with his girlfriend. He was already having a tough time, but it got comically worse when ICE agents surprised and arrested him. When asked how they were able to identify him, ICE stated they were “just following an outcome” — i.e. somebody reported him. Man, you ever been so mad at your spouse that you had them deported?

But it was not the girlfriend ; it had been the motel. Each morning at around 5 a.m., an employee turned over a complete collection of visitors to ICE. According to Motel 6, that this was not their coverage (it appears the workers of that specific motel had determined to go vigilante) and they would be prohibiting the clinic company-wide. But it bears mentioning that it isn’t uncommon to get roach motels to share their guest records with law enforcement. After all, fugitives looking for a rest stop do not exactly have many options.

Joseph Flaherty/Phoenix New Times The takeaway here is that in the Event That You do a crime, hole up in the Chateau Marmont. They’ll never suspect you.

Abraham is a Mexican attorney, so ICE can not arrest him, but you can deport him to a own heart on Twitter here, or look in his art things here. Alex Perry is a freelancer who wrote a book about a time-traveling stalker and a heartwarming kids’ publication about a boy and his genetically modified pig/organ donor. She needs an agent to help her sell those novels, and for you to follow her on Twitter.

Immigrants and refugees have it incredibly hard. Read the story of Imaculee Ilibagiza’s success of the Rwandan Genocide in her publication Left To Tell.

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