Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Queens Residents Block ICE Agents in Spontaneous Protest

ICE agents apparently aren't welcome in New York City. They detained a Guyanese man in Queens’ Richmond Hill neighborhood on May 30 as he was heading to Kew Gardens for a court appearance, but the man’s wife and dozens of bystanders kept the agents from taking him away. New York police officers eventually arrived to help the besieged feds. The incident raises two questions: how many of these spontaneous protests are taking place around the country but going unreported, and why did the NYPD violate its stated policy by aiding the ICE agents?—TPOI editor
The NYPD comes to the aid of stymied ICE agents. Photo: NBC New York
SEE IT: Federal immigration agents forced to call for backup after residents attempt to stop arrest in Queens

“[The ICE agents] didn’t even look her way. They didn’t care. This is what Trump is doing.”

By Elizabeth Keogh and Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News
May 31, 2017
A woman kneeled in front of federal immigration agents and prayed Tuesday as they walked her brother — accused of burglary and reentering the country illegally — to an unmarked car in Queens.

Tensions were high around 10 a.m. on 112th St. near 101st Ave. in Richmond Hill. More than 30 residents were shouting and trying desperately to keep the feds from arresting Hardat Sampat, who is from Guyana.[...]

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Dozens of Residents Try to Stop ICE Arrest in Queens: Reports

By NBC New York
May 30, 2017
Dozens of residents banded together Tuesday to try to stop federal immigration agents from arresting an undocumented man wanted by police for burglary, according to reports.
The neighbors gathered on 112th Street in Richmond Hill as ICE agents were arresting 35-year-old Hardat Sampat. [...]

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ICE calls for NYPD backup while taking person into custody

By Aliza Chasan, WPIX-TV
May 30, 2017
RICHMOND HILL, Queens — Police officers with the NYPD were called to assist federal immigration agents in Queens Tuesday morning, an NYPD spokesperson said.

A large crowd gathered around 10 a.m. when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were trying to take someone into custody, police said.[...]

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