Apparently ICE just couldn’t keep itself out of the count. So today is going to be a double on the SSCC.
On the night of October 20, 2010, Angel Enrique and Jesus Antonio were in bed in their small, two-bedroom apartment in the Clairmont complex in Nashville. The doors and windows were all shut and locked. Suddenly there was a loud banging at the door and voices shouting “Police!” and “Policia!” When no one answered, the agents tried to force the door open. Scared, Jesus hid in a closet. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents began hitting objects against the bedroom windows, trying to break in. Without a search warrant and without consent, the ICE agents eventually knocked in the front door and shattered a window, shouting racial slurs and storming into the bedrooms, holding guns to their heads. When asked if they had a warrant, one agent reportedly said, “We don’t need a warrant, we’re ICE,” and, gesturing to his genitals, “the warrant is coming out of my balls.”
Here’s what bugs me the most. There were 15 different residents affected by this raid, they detained people including a child purely because of their ethnicity. This incident shows exactly what the Department of Homeland Security thinks of the Constitution and the law. Just look at the VIPR program and the fact the TSA is now searching people traveling by bus as well as harassing truckers. How long until they start stopping you on the way to work? I would like to point out the double standard of the ALCU here. They are more than happy to go after ICE over these incidents involving immigration, yet they sit on their hands when it comes to warrant-less searches during travel.
Tam’s comments regarding the indignities of Soviet Russia from the 80’s is looking like a positive compared to the down hill trend the DHS has placed us on.
State Sponsored Criminal Count: 145 – John Doe
Because a warrant is just a technicality and doesn’t actually mean anything. It saves us time and effort to skip the paperwork.