At 8 am on Monday morning, Stacey Farley got ready to leave the house to smoke - she had no idea what she was about to witness on her very doorstep.
Her neighbors, a father and son, who, by all reports, are good people, no trouble to anyone, had been trapped by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The unmarked white van that the agents used to block in the father and son gave no indication to their authority, the two men were not in uniform, and they could not produce a warrant.
We've heard the stories about children in cages on the border, whispers about people being taken and thrown into the back of vans with no explanation, seen reports about families being ripped apart by this atrocious manhunt ordered by President Trump, but what do you do when you witness it happening right in front of you?
This neighborhood in Tennesse did what I hope all decent Americans would do; they looked after their own, they protected their neighbors, their community. They forced the ICE agents to leave.
Here's the story...
President Trump taunted the public on Twitter about the imminent ICE raids.On July 17th, the president tweeted a warning about his proposed operation to remove "millions" of "illegal aliens" from the United States.
So far, ICE has managed to detain thirty-five individuals.What President Trump called a "major operation" has fallen fairly flat of its aim to detain 2000 immigrants in the first few days of raids. The ICE raids are expected to continue, but the public are expected to fight this latest breach of the first amendment.
In March 2018, Trump slammed Mayor Libby Schaaf for warning residents of the then-expected ICE raids.He said: "Here’s my message to Mayor Schaaf — how dare you, how dare you needlessly endanger the lives of our law enforcement officers to promote a radical open borders agenda."
Mayor Schaaf was well within her rights to make her community aware of what was happening.But the president also claimed that the mayor could face prosecution for her actions. Schaaf, fortunately, had already made sure of her rights. Before making the announcement, she had spoken with a legal counsel to make sure that she wasn't in danger of federal prosecution.
I wonder how different things would be if Trump did the slightest bit of fact-checking...After slamming Mayor Schaaf, he claimed that she had "told undocumented immigrants to 'scatter' and 'get out of here.'" Actually, Schaaf had not encouraged undocumented immigrants to flee - rather, in her February 24th announcement, she said that she wished to "encourage community awareness" of what was happening and shared contact information for an Oakland nonprofit group that would provide legal aid to those facing deportation.
Why should Mayor Schaaf want to help undocumented immigrants?
. @realDonaldTrump If you continue to threaten, target and terrorize families in my community... and if we receive… https://t.co/MUU7yQCm7F— Libby Schaaf (@Libby Schaaf)1560825523.0