Federal immigration agents accused of stalking Hispanics in Detroit

Several U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have been accused by a Michigan lawmaker of following Hispanic Detroit residents as they dropped their children off to school.

Speaking in front of the Hope of Detroit Academy, Democratic State Representative Rashida Tlaib alleged that six ICE agents followed Hispanics without warrants while they dropped their kids off at school, then detained them as illegal immigrants, according to UPI. None of the Hispanics detained had a criminal record, she said.

“Some parents were trapped inside the school because they were too terrified and frightened to leave because they thought they would get arrested,” said Ryan Bates, director of the Alliance for Immigrants Rights and Reform-Michigan, according to the Detroit News. “This is a pattern of abusive enforcement by ICE.”

ICE Director of Public Affairs Brian Hale has responded to these claims by saying that the ICE is investigating the allegations. While preliminary analysis shows that many requirements were followed, he acknowledged that parts of the operations undertaken were “inconsistent with policy and our standards and priorities.” He added that the ICE will file complaints with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security regarding the matter.