The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement internal affairs has launched an investigation into an ICE agent and U.S. Citizen shooting in Illinois.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
March 27, 2017
Belmont Cragin, Illinois – On Monday, rogue U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents broke into a home around 6:30 a.m. with blazing weapons and an ICE agent shot a man in the left arm. The ICE agent claims that the man who happens to be a U.S. Citizen at the home had pointed a weapon at the agent. The victim’s daughter in contrary claims her father and all who were at the home have legal status to be in the country.
Apparently, the ICE agents had no warrant to break into the home, no warrant against the victim or anyone else in the home. The injured victim who was identified by his family as Feliz Torres, 53 was not wanted nor the intended target. Torres was transported to Stroger Hospital where he is expected to survive.
ICE’s Office of Personal Responsibility (internal affairs) has launched an investigation of the unlawful ICE raid.
Today, ICE operations have become known as Trump’s ICE regime raids, which ICE has gained the reputation of being the most corrupt federal immigration enforcement agency compatible to the Nazi era SS (Gestapo). Last week, ICE illegally arrested 40 undocumented immigrants without warrants in Alabama and have kept the detainees in an undisclosed facility and no information was provided to family members.
In Portland, Oregon at least two DREAMers were taken into custody without judicial warrants, one had a prior drunk driving conviction and was identified as Francisco J. Rodríguez Domínguez. The other was identified as Emmanuel Ayala who was taken into custody on Sunday. Ayala’s family says, that he renewed his DACA status recently (about three days before his arrest), but ICE came knocking at the door on Sunday morning and detained him. Emmanuel suffers from an illness and needs medication and a wheel chair to move around, according to family members.
Also, at least 26 undocumented immigrants serving a court order community service sentence in Tarrant County in Fort Worth were taken into custody by ICE making the largest arrest by ICE in Texas. Tarrant County Sheriff Bill E. Waybourn confirmed that inmates processed at the jail are checked for legal status.
ICE has launched a campaign to shame police and other law enforcement agencies who refuse to partnership under the ICE 287(g) program, which allows police officers, sheriff deputies and state police to enforcement immigration laws. The 287(g) program has failed due to illegal profiling, violation of civil rights and discrimination by those law enforcement officers enforcing immigration laws. For example, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was sued for civil rights violations, illegal profiling and discrimination against Latino’s in Arizona. Arpaio was ousted from office in November and is awaiting sentencing by a federal judge for contempt of court.
ICE has updated their detainer requests forms to hold suspected undocumented immigrants while at a county jail, but the ICE Detainers by U.S. Homeland Security are not legal binding to hold someone, only a court order warrant by a judge to hold someone is legal, according to a federal judge ruling.
ICE’s is trying to pass the detainers as lawful holding requests, which they are not.
Under the Obama administration, ICE agents have been involved in illegal acts during raids, unhumane treatment of detained undocumented immigrants, multi-deaths at ICE detention centers have been reported, ICE agents have used coercion to force detainees to sign voluntary waivers for deportation.
U.S. Border Protection and ICE agents were also involved in the 2010 death of Anastacio Hernández Rojas, 42, an undocumented immigrant who was brutally beaten and tasered multiple times by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents and later died at a hospital. The family recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit for $1M to avoid another three years of court room litigation. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (ICHR) in Washington, D.C. sued the U.S. for the torture and homicide of Hernández Rojas. In November 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) decided not to prosecute or file felony murder charges against eight U.S. Border Patrol agents, Customs and Border Protection agents including four supervisors who watched and encouraged the deadly abuse of Hernández Rojas at the San Ysidro Port-of-entry crossing for lack of evidence.
The DOJ said, during a court hearing claimed that the agents involved used reasonable force to subdue Hernández Rojas. It was later discovered that 15 to 25 border patrol agents participated while others watched Hernández Rojas get beaten, kicked and tased repeatedly while in handcuffs at the U.S. border crossing.
Hernández Rojas pleaded for help and for the agents to stop beating and who were repeatedly tasering him as dozens of witnesses watched, video recorded captured images of the incident from the border bridge crossing.
The ICE and Border Protection agents later confiscated witnesses cellphones, deleted videos and photos to cover up the brutal beating. The agents didn’t even file reports that at least 30 witnesses were present during the incident. The witnesses were also dispersed from the scene in an attempt to cover up the brutal beating and homicide of Hernández Rojas. Only three witnesses were later interviewed by San Diego police who investigated the case.
A cellphone video later surfaced showing the border patrol agents beating and tazering Hernández Rojas multiple times who pleaded for help.
The ICHR is the only human rights international commission that has jurisdiction and authority to hear an individual complaint against the U.S. for human rights violations.
In an interview with Democracy Now, Roxanna Altholz, an international human rights lawyer and scholar, including an associate director at the University of California-Berkeley’s International Human Rights Law Clinic said, that since Hernández Rojas murder in 2010 by border patrol agents, at least 40 to 50 undocumented immigrants have been killed by agents and none of the border patrol agents involved have been held accountable or brought to justice.
The San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office classified Hernández Rojas death as a homicide. Hernández Rojas autopsy revealed that he had five broken ribs, had suffered from a lack of oxygen to his brain for 8 minutes causing brain dead as a result of a heart attack attributed to the beating and taser’s electrical shocks, had abrasions/contusions to the face, arms and legs including a large hematoma.
Judge M. James Lorenz of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California on September 29, 2014 determined that the U.S. Border Patrol agents identified as Phillip Krasielwicz, Gabriel Ducoing and Derrick Llewellyn; Immigration Enforcement Agents Harinzo Naraisnesingh and Andre Piligrino; Customs and Border Protection Officers Kurt Sauer and agent Allen Boutwell; Border Patrol Supervisors Ishmael Finn, Guillermo E. Avila and Edward C. Caliri, and Custom and Border Protection Supervisor Ramon De Jesús were responsible or contributed to Hernández Rojas death in 2010.