CBP Truck Causes People To Flee Fearing ICE Raid But They Just Stopped For Lunch

The principal of Castle Bridge School stormed into a restaurant and demanded officers move parked police vehicles.

New York, NY – Parents, school administrators, and some community members in Washington Heights went into a panic on Thursday when a U.S. Customs and Border Protection K9 officer parked his marked vehicle on the sidewalk in front of a public school while he went to lunch.

A second officer from the same department parked his marked police vehicle on a street adjacent to the Castle Bridge School, and the two federal officers went into Coogan’s restaurant across the street for lunch, the New York Daily News reported.

People who saw the two police vehicles mistook them as belonging to U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and flipped out.

Juan Martinez, from Mexico, fled his candy stall on the corner at the sight of the officers because he thought it was an ICE raid, the New York Daily News reported.

"I didn't know what they were doing," Martinez said. "School was getting out and everyone was scared."

He said that another illegal immigrant who was working on the block also ran when the officers stopped their vehicles.

A nervous parent alerted the school’s administrators to the vehicles, and Castle Bridge School Principal Julie Zuckerman tracked the officers down at lunch at Coogan’s, where they were eating a burger and chicken pot pie, the New York Daily News reported.

Zuckerman stormed into the restaurant and told the officers to move their vehicles.

"I told them to move their truck because it could be seen as threatening," she said. "They have to go looking for parking like everybody else. Don't play on my stoop."

Zuckerman’s school is two-thirds Hispanic, and 30 percent of the students are still learning to speak English, the New York Daily News reported. It’s located in a predominantly Dominican neighborhood.

The officers pushed back, said they were having lunch, and asked the principal if she would ask New York Police Department officers to move.

"It's outrageous, clearly, and an abuse of power," the principal said, offended the officers had taken a lunch break in the community where her school is located.

The host of Coogan’s restaurant expressed displeasure that the law enforcement officers had chosen to eat in a spot favored by Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda, the New York Daily News reported.

"The bastards had lunch here," Quincy Lopez said. "ICE is another word for gestapo."

Blue Lives Matter reached out to Coogan’s restaurant’s management to find out if Lopez’s attitude was reflective of the establishment’s attitude toward law enforcement, but the restaurant did not respond to the request for comment.

The New York Daily News reported that many immigrant families who were picking their children up from the Castle Bridge School were frightened by the sight of federal law enforcement vehicles.

"It's shocking," said Dionicio Rodriguez, who was picking up his 6-year-old daughter. "If you're an immigrant, you're going to be scared."

Washington Heights City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez heard about the incident and took to social media to express his outrage, according to the New York Daily News.

Rodriguez’s first tweet incorrectly identified the officers as ICE agents, and then he went after the wrong agency.

"This is totally unacceptable. They should be out. Abolish ICE," he tweeted.

New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza posted angry tweets in both English and Spanish after he heard about the incident, the New York Daily News reported.

"@NYCSchools are safe havens. This had nothing to do with our school, but we understand the impact it can have on our families," Carranza wrote. "We're working with @NYCImmigrants to keep this from happening again."

The New York Daily News reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection had not responded to requests for comment.

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Pacho
Pacho

The Principal feel offended ? and the restaurant owner ask them to move out ? what in the hell they live ? in their own country design for them ?

Usaf9000
Usaf9000

What’s amazing is the vast numbers of people on the wrong side of this issue, and how fast it will come home to roost. It already has in so many cities across America. Now these morons are being elected to office and this self defeating agenda is rapidly becoming normalized. It appears it’s already too late. Buckle your seatbelts, we’re coming up on ubiquitous & unrelenting turbulence.

TexSizzle
TexSizzle

From story: "It's shocking," said Dionicio Rodriguez, who was picking up his 6-year-old daughter. "If you're an immigrant, you're going to be scared."

It's not the immigrants who are scared, it's the criminal alien invaders.

LadyLawful
LadyLawful

If they weren't here ILLEGALLY leeching off of OUR taxes while some of our own citizens and military are living on the streets then they wouldn't have any reason to be afraid. If you come in legally then I welcome you, come in illegally, you can GTFO. It's that simple.

COMMISH
COMMISH

OBVIOUSLY A "LAWMAKER" CANNOT READ NOR COMPREHEND THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. THEREFORE, REMOVE HIM FROM OFFICE & RETURN HIM TO GRADE SCHOOL BECAUSE THE "EDUCATION" HE HAS IS IS WORTHLESS. AS FAR AS "STUDYING" W/ ELIZABETH WARREN,........ THAT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF DOESN'T IT?

JBo
JBo

Unbelievable...the number of exploding heads in New York.

JBo
JBo

"...It's outrageous, clearly, and an abuse of power," the principal said..."

Ummmm, about that abuse of power...look in a mirror.

Achmsons
Achmsons

If you choose to break the law then you must be prepared to face the consequences. What's the point in having immigration laws if everyone gets sanctuary Example if you speed and get pulled over why do you blame police

Lord Hearteater
Lord Hearteater

Why is it that there is so much effort to flout, skirt and above all, not completely enforce duly enacted immigration laws?

If even the NYT can say that the southern border is at a breaking point, why then are we not simply militarizing it thoroughly? I fear that the only thing that will be understood is a pile of bullet-ridden bodies. That's bad for our national look, but then again, look at how most of the rest of the world handles border security.

Unfetter our military, and the illegal immigration and drug problems end within a year. If the cartels wanna really play, unfetter the military! Send A-10s against their trucks full of dope. BRRRRRRT! Tell the Mexigov that we will finish the job started in 1848, if they don't wanna play ball. There is nothing so fragile as the Mexican national ego. POTUS has quietly been upping our military presence at the border for the past several months. So far, it is mostly personnel. Eventually, it must be heavy weapons. It may very well be that the only solution to the problems of illegal immigration starts with a blitzkrieg all the way to the Panama Canal.

LEO0301
LEO0301

This is a funny story. The best way to handle that irate principle is not respond to her anger, just smile and wait until her head explodes. The angrier she gets, the larger the smile.

Mike bass
Mike bass

They should have walked I'm to the restaurant and yelled IMMIGRATION... IMMIGRATION.. IMMIGRATION...!!!!!!

User 69
User 69

She’s not fit to be a principle. U must Be hiding something

Police-Supporter77
Police-Supporter77

I always like reading the comments from everyone on here!

Trefflek
Trefflek

Another dose of crazy stupid liberals

Markb4070
Markb4070

Don’t come here illegally and you won’t have to worry about it. It’s that simple.

Matster
Matster

It's like we are not in America anymore. This is unacceptable. They should have a massive raid in that neighborhood.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

"Legal immigrants" shouldn't fear law enforcement!! But illegals should cause you are breaking the damn law!!! Since when did America start coodling criminals and shitting on law abiding citizens??? This getting fucked up!!

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

Illegals bitching because they are afraid they may get caught in their illegality! Perverse! Pathetic! A typical response from today’s socialist/communist democrats. I agree that a raid in that neighborhood is way overdue!

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Aiding and abetting.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

It's unacceptable what they did. Parking on the sidewalk is allowed during an emergency, but not when you are going to have lunch.

Everything else people are complaining about is a load of bullshit. Just ignore it and hope they go away.

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Old Hawg
Old Hawg

"NYC Schools are safe havens!" That's the funniest thing I've seen all week.

K9ndn
K9ndn

Ha keep a truck out there. My god he was getting lunch and parked there. It’s not there every day. They need to put the hammer down on illegals period! If the kids are legal no problem. If he parents are illegal and are lazy and won’t get legal kick them out period!!

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

Sorry,The abuse of power all belongs to those that think harboring fugitives in these sanctuary cities is the good way to go.

Jeff1245
Jeff1245

Now to add to this mess the house passed a resolution allowing illegals to vote,Is it getting close to time to remove the criminals in our congress.They have done nothing but uphold these crimes which tells me they need to go.

lauraaz
lauraaz

Next week pick up the illegal selling candy, and have a safety check at the school to see that all drivers picking up kids have DL, registration, and insurance. Then check the immigration status of that principal. Next, run those kids names against the list of people who never showed up for their asylum court hearings and arrest the ones who match.