Echo Park Woman Detained By ICE While Neighbor Films


A woman in Echo Park tried to intervene and started filming when she noticed her neighbor was being detained by ICE agents on Sunday morning.

Alicia Rivera told ABC 7 she tried to block the unmarked SUV that the officers arrived in when she realized what was going on. The immigration enforcement officers took Rivera's neighbor, a mother of two, but have yet to identify her.

"They left the car with the emergency light on, blocking the road and they took the keys," Rivera said.

ICE did not comment on the specific incident, however they did release this statement in part:

"Congress has established no process, requirement, or expectation directing ICE to seek a judicial warrant from already overburdened federal courts before taking custody of an alien on civil immigration violations. This idea is simply a figment created by those who wish to undermine immigration enforcement and excuse the ill-conceived practices of sanctuary jurisdictions that put politics before public safety."

The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, or CHIRLA, said they will be taking on the case.

"You have the right to fight your case. You have the right to appear before a judge and ask for relief from removal," CHIRLA attorney Yolanda Martin said.

Read more on ABC 7.


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