Trump’s immigration crackdown chalked up another casualty today, and it may have all been a big mistake.
A 53-year-old Chicago man was shot in the arm by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents attempting to make an arrest after they burst into his home at 6:20 a.m. in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the city’s Northwest side, according to the Chicago Tribune.
ICE put out a statement saying that they shot Felix Torres because he aimed a weapon at them. The ICE Office of Professional Responsibility will review the case.
However, there are conflicting reports. Torres daughter told NBC 5 Chicago that her father didn’t own a gun and that the ICE agents never identified themselves. They were apparently trying to arrest Torres’ son, also a legal resident.
Torres daughter said her father and everyone else in the house, which included eight people from three generations of the family, were in the U.S. legally. That was confirmed by a group called the People’s Response Team who said, “the family has lived in the home for at least 30 years.”
The wounded man was taken to a local hospital listed in serious condition.
The Chicago Police were not involved in the ICE raid, but have now put Torres and his son into custody while they investigate.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared Chicago a “sanctuary city,” but ICE can still conduct raids, and is supposed to communicate and coordinate what they are doing with the local police. In this case, police are still investigating.
It appears that, once again, a family in the U.S. legally who were longtime residents of a neighborhood were targeted in one of the immigration raids that have ramped up since Trump took office promising a crackdown on illegal immigrants who are criminals.
There is still an investigation to be done, but this appears to be another incident of overreach by ICE fueled by Trump’s anti-immigrant policies.
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