Neighbors Form Human Chain To Help Immigrant Escape ICE Custody

Neighbors formed a human chain to help an illegal immigrant avoid ICE agents who were waiting with a warrant.

Hermitage, TN – An hours-long standoff between two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and an illegal immigrant they were trying to detain came to an end when neighbors formed a human chain to help him escape custody (video below).

The standoff in the Nashville suburb began at about 7:19 a.m. on July 22 near the area of Brooke Valley and Forest Ridge Drives, WTVF reported.

ICE agents, who were attempting to execute an administrative warrant, blocked the suspect’s van in his driveway as he was attempting to leave home with his 12-year-old son.

The man and his son refused to come out of their van – and administrative warrants don’t allow ICE agents to forcibly remove suspects from their homes or vehicles – so the agents tried to wait the man out, WTVF reported.

Neighbors came out to support the illegal alien as he stayed tucked away from the agents in his van.

They brought water, snacks, and wet rags so the father and son could stay in their van throughout the hot morning while the ICE agents waited outside.

“We made sure they had water, they had food, we put gas back in the vehicle when they were getting low just to make sure they were okay,” neighbor Felishadae Young told WTVF.

After four hours, neighbors got creative and formed a human chain that surrounded the van and the door to the wanted man’s home.

Father and son were able to run into their house without fear of being grabbed because ICE agents couldn’t have reached them without knocking down the citizens blocking their paths.

One man who said he was an attorney showed up at the scene to offer his assistance, WTVF reported.

“There were two immigration officials sort of bullying a family inside of their own vehicle, telling them that they had an administrative warrant, which isn’t the same thing as a judicial warrant, and trying to harass them and fear them into coming out,” Daniel Ayoadeyoon said. “They were saying, if you don’t come out, we’re going to arrest you, we’re going to arrest your 12-year-old son, and that’s just not legal. It’s not the right law.”

The ICE agents did call the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department for backup, but the local officers offered only crowd control help and didn’t assist in the attempted arrest, WTVF reported.

The local officers don't have the authority to conduct federal immigration enforcement.

Nashville Mayor David Briley released a statement that said the Metropolitan Nashville police were not involved in the enforcement and were only on the scene to preserve the peace.

“This morning, ICE agents attempted to detain a Nashville resident,” Briley said. “However, the agents did not end up detaining the resident, and no arrests were made. Our police officers do not actively participate in immigration enforcement efforts and only serve as peacekeepers.”

“The officers were at the incident today to keep neighbors safe and secure a perimeter,” the mayor’s statement continued. “I am keenly aware that this type of activity by our federal government stokes fear and distrust in our most vulnerable communities, which is why we do not use our local resources to enforce ICE orders.”

Neighbors said they were glad the man who was the target of the ICE agents was not arrested.

“I could see if these people were bad criminals, but they’re not, they’re just trying to provide for their kids,” neighbor Stacey Farley told WTVF. “The family don’t bother nobody, they work every day, they come home, the kids jump on their trampoline, it’s just a community.”

ICE also released a statement that attempted to explain the day’s activities.

"No at-large ICE arrests happened today in Nashville,” the statement read. “That said, in general, ICE conducts targeted enforcement of federal immigration law on a daily basis in accordance with our routine, ongoing operations. ICE continues to focus its enforcement efforts on criminal offenders as nearly 90 percent of persons arrested for violation of federal immigration law during the past year also had either a prior criminal conviction or a pending criminal charge. ICE does not conduct any type of random or indiscriminate enforcement that would encounter persons indiscriminately."

Watch the neighbors forming a human chain in the video below:

Comments (54)
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Excalibr4
Excalibr4

WTF? Tennessee is a red state!

trainbuff
trainbuff

Give ICE the authority to start shooting the neighbors and anyone else that gets in their way of enforcing any of these types of warrants.

ikaika
ikaika

"The family don't bother nobody." They bother me if they're in this country illegally.

RetCanMilSpouse
RetCanMilSpouse

Next they'll be back with a federal warrant.

Kmcwilliams116
Kmcwilliams116

What a pos Father. Teaching his child to bring the law...

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

So dumb

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

So park a marked ICE van outside their house.... I'm sure immigration authorities can either wait them out, or make life very uncomfortable until they complain that it's a civil right violation.

These damn liberal snowflakes just can't accept that illegal immigration I still illegal and those actions have consequences!!

Trashman67
Trashman67

Why is aiding and abetting not used in these circumstances? Lock them up and less people will be inclined to block the apprehension of illegals.

Judgesson
Judgesson

Bleeding heart liberals will be the demise of this country.

When they have to have a NEW voter base to get elected (IE Illegals) it should tell America that their views are so radical that unless WE THE PEOPLE support the Law of the land WE ARE ALL DOOMED.

GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS OUR POTUS Donals J. Trump.

JBo
JBo

I don't know ANYBODY that's against legal immigration. Why not just immigrate legally and not start your new life as a criminal who is in hiding and fearing deportation?

Raymelson
Raymelson

I don't understand why people can come to America an break the law an the local law helps them get away with it

vwiles34
vwiles34

They need to empower ICE agents to be able to carry out their jobs. This is getting out of control.

Rabit1
Rabit1

Hey stupid neighbors, don't you understand, ILLEGAL? they are here illegally and should be deported and come here the legal way. ICE needs to deport every last one of them.

JACQUEWB
JACQUEWB

People who are helping the immigrants evade the law will be the first to call when the same immigrants burglarize their home

Proud Nationalist
Proud Nationalist

Some baseball bats to the arms can fix that...

adavison
adavison

They might be "good people" but all of us have rules to follow. People need to apply to come to this country legally.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

So ICE doesnt forcibly remove people from their homes or vehicles. Yet the left is always calling them Nazis. Pretty wimpy Nazis then.

xenonman
xenonman

ICE will have to start carrying around federal criminal arrest warrants, issued by a federal judge, which ARE enforceable. The "immigration rights" advocates are all aware now that the administrative warrants usually used by ICE are largely unenforceable.

CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Instead of making ‘announcements’ of days when there will be an ICE Sweep across America, JUST DO IT!!! Don’t give ANY ‘Heads Up’ to ANYONE!!! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing when they did! And they’ve done it before, too! WTH????!!!! JUST ARREST & DEPORT THEM!!! Which is what SHOULD be happening at our border when they get here! NOTHING ELSE!!!

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Trash. Bet if illegal killed their family member they would scream ice not doing their jobs.idiots

magnumforc
magnumforc

Arrest them for obstruction! WTF????

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Show the video of the father whose policeman son was killed by an illegal, or the story of how one decapitated a 14 year old girl or the laundry list of others who were victims of the crimes committed by illegals...if they still want to pull this crap, then throw them in jail for obstruction and throw away the key!!!!

mmjohnson
mmjohnson

This is bullshit I think the chain of people need too reimburse the state and or government for all the free shit they get every month that citizens can't get

mmjohnson
mmjohnson

I know people hate Walmart but this is a little extreme. Maybe he was mad because there wasn't enough help.

Lbw654
Lbw654

This is no different than helping any other criminal! I don’t care if that man stood a pack of gum in the 1st grade he is here absolutely Illegally ! He has been here long enough to work save money to become naturalized!! So there is no excuse!

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

These putrescent "neighbors" shpuld be arrested, tried, jailed, stripped of citizenship, and expelled from America !

Krocker
Krocker

Like when ICE dropped the ball and let William McCanns murderer flee back to Mexico. Illegal was drunk and ran him over... twice.

James Robinson
James Robinson

If they break our laws with impunity cobming into the country illegally, its only right that I be allowed to punch their supporters right in the mouth with similar impunity for helping them.

Digger15108
Digger15108

Throw all their asses in jail for being accomplices. Being here illegally was a crime last time I checked. These assholes are aiding them.

BulletMagnetEd
BulletMagnetEd

I understand tear gas works well in dispersing crowds of stupid illegal-alien-aiding Communists. 🤔

xenonman
xenonman

Human chain? I'd say a few real chains might be a good idea for the folks here!

lynzee55
lynzee55

They are hoodlums and reprobates just like any other criminals or lawbreakers. If you don't like the laws you have to change them NOT break them.

Repubic*of*USA1
Repubic*of*USA1

The hell with these people that help illigals escape from ICE agents. THEY NEED TO BE SHOT FOR HELPING ILLIGALS. I'm frickin tired of those who come into the country ILLIGALLY. Our military fight for our freedom in our country so that we are safe. We do have people in our country that are Americans that will shot steal, fight to get what we have. I can almost live with that but when you have terrorist that come into the country ILLIGALLY and do what we already have but not as bad as those who do it in they're own country then come into our country, that is when our border agents, police, ICE agents, and military defends us. We don't need any more illigals doing what we already have. I SAY GO HOME! Or face the consequences!