After Arresting Man On ICE Warrant, PD Promises To Never Do It Again

The Tukwila Police Department will "no longer collaborate" with ICE, department administrators said.

​Tukwila, WA – The Tukwila Police Department (TPD) has announced that it will not honor Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE) warrants, and that it will “no longer collaborate with the agency,” after officers arrested an illegal immigrant on Thursday.

Wilson Rodriguez Macarreno, 32, entered the United States illegally from Honduras in approximately 2004, his attorney, Luis Cortez told The Seattle Times.

At about 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, Macarreno witnessed a man who was attempting to break into his vehicle, so he called the police.

Officers arrived at the scene and located the trespasser, but released him after it was determined there was no probable cause to place him under arrest, TPD Officer Victor Masters told The Seattle Times.

As part of standard procedure, Macarreno’s name was also run through the federal National Crime Information Center database, and police learned that there was a warrant for his arrest, Officer Masters said.

“The individual proactively acknowledged that he had a warrant and was allowed by officers to contact his lawyer and call a friend,” the TPD said in an apologetic Facebook post on Thursday.

“Officers confirmed with the issuing agency that the warrant was valid and transferred the individual with the warrant over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement who ultimately placed him in custody for the warrant,” they said.

According to KIRO, at the time of the incident, Tukwila PD had already planned on ignoring ICE warrants, but were stumped when Macarreno’s warrant appeared in a different format.

“It’s not something we normally do,” Officer Masters told The Seattle Times. “The situation overall was very, very unique.”

“Officers believed that they were executing a valid order from a judge in the form of a criminal warrant,” the TPD said in Facebook update on Saturday, calling Macarreno’s warrant “administrative in nature.”

“They did not act with malice or outside the scope of policy or procedure for handling a warrant,” the post said.

The TPD strongly clarified its position on Saturday.

“Chief of Police Bruce Linton issued a directive to the entire Tukwila Police Department that, going forward, officers will not be responsive to administrative warrants issued by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, nor will it collaborate with the agency,” the department posted.

“The Department does not respond to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement requests to detain individuals on their behalf. Nor do we respond to requests to notify them of contacts that we may have with undocumented immigrants. As a practice and per our policy, we do not inquire as to the nationality or immigration status of anyone that we contact during the course of our duties,” Tukwila PD declared.

Furthermore, TPD assured citizens that Chief Linton and his administration would “make other police chiefs in the region aware of the nature of these administrative wants and that other agencies may encounter them in the future as well.”

The mayor also planned to notify other mayors in the area, police said.

Cortes told The Seattle Times that he was “kind of appalled” when he learned that TPD had cooperated with ICE.

While he did not dispute that Macarreno entered the country illegally, he justified his client’s actions by explaining that he had been trying to escape gang violence in Honduras after his brother was fatally shot and his friend was dismembered.

Cortes said that Macarreno had no criminal history, although he acknowledged that the warrant was likely issued after Macarreno failed to appear for an immigration court hearing many years ago.

He added that his client has fathered three children since he entered the United States.

Going forward, the TPD said that they hope to “rebuild trust” with the community.

“It is vital that every member of our community feel safe and comfortable calling the police for help,” the department said. “This is why we became police officers in the first place.”

Comments (25)
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b1rd
b1rd

Cut off their federal funding. That simple.

shooter
shooter

Resign.

Gymanji
Gymanji

So if ICE had arrested an illegal alien that was wanted for the murder of a TPD cop should they also not cooperate or collaborate with the agency?

jojo57
jojo57

Cut all of their federal funding. When you decide not to follow federal law you in no way are eligible for FEDERAL funding. Lose that and it won't take long before the community notices the upswing in crime.

RunCop
RunCop

The chief is a fricken punk liberal puke! And 'rebuild trust'.....yeah, how about enforce all laws and work with all other law enforcement agencies!!

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

So much for your oath of office.

EMarie
EMarie

Cit off federal funding, like b1rd said!

run2net
run2net

libtards- absolute disgrace to law enforcement!

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

It would be interesting to know how detailed these "administrative warrants" are. If they document the commission of a crime other than entering the US illegally, the police absolutely have an obligation to take the person into custody. Running the names of both person reporting and apprehended for a crime is interesting. I guess you don't want to help a bank robber get his stolen car back while he's wanted for the robbery and look silly/incompetent.

requiem13
requiem13

Embarrassing

Skipper
Skipper

No federal funds or grant money to these jurisdictions until they comply with Federal law.

Mordredg
Mordredg

The federal government exists for the benefit of the states and not the other way around. The fed can keep their money

CopsKidTwo
CopsKidTwo

What is this country coming to when illegal immigrants have more rights than actual citizens?

Gator61
Gator61

So the Chief will only enforce the Laws he likes? That is not how the system is supposed to work! Immigration LAW is exactly that, not a suggestion!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

A warrant is a court order and if that chief refuses to comply with a court order then he should be held in contempt of court and jailed.

Hessj
Hessj

If you become a police officer the beside protect and serve they should not pick & choose what warrants you will choose to serve. It should not matter if they are here illegal or not.

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

Sure great to have the memories of the good old days when we would arrest them for being illegal and get credit for a felony arrest because it was federal charges! Every morning the immigration truck from Customs(before ICE) would come by and pick up the illegals. We all had a smile on our faces back then.. Things sure have gone in the toilet...

Pyramid59
Pyramid59

Everyday I post a story to Pelosis twitter page that shows where an American citizen has lost their life due to an illegal. Who are they to disobey our laws? There’s a reason that they are supposed to go through a process to be here. The last was a 13 year old girl raped by multiple illegals. Another raped a dying HS girl and filmed it. Stop being judge and jury.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Every official taking this stance should be charged with sedition.

Arvincopper
Arvincopper

When I took the oath of office to both join the military and the the Police Department, I swore to uphold the law against all emenies Foreign & Domestic. When they came across our boarder illegally they fell into the Foreign aspect. Shame on any Officer that is derelict in his duties to perform his obligations under his oath.

Guardian
Guardian

That’s right. The Feds must keep the tax money out of the hands of those like TPD, who won’t enforce the law. Pathetic people who sign up to protect and serve, but do neither. Don’t give them a dime.

Enforceourlaws
Enforceourlaws

If these officers don’t check the ICE warrants, they won’t know whether the illegal immigrant is a refugee escaping gang violence or a member of the gang that other refugees are trying to escape from.

ldjma1
ldjma1

As a retired deputy sheriff from south florida for nearly thirty years I have see my fair share.I have noticed over the years that the hispanic population has erupted down here. I honestly don't believe that the United States has any idea of the true hispanic population numbers.When you go into Home Depot or Lowes for example ,all the isles are labeled in both English and Spanish.As far as Chief Linton goes, he is just afraid of losing his job due to the out cry of the demographics making up his city.