US Police answered immigrant's call for help, then gave him to ICE

13:47  13 february  2018
13:47  13 february  2018 Source:   CNN

Immigrant Called the Cops for Help, Then ICE Detained Him

  Immigrant Called the Cops for Help, Then ICE Detained Him A carpenter reported an intruder at his home early in the morning. Hours later, he was behind bars and the suspected criminal was free. Next stop may be Honduras.Wilson Rodriguez Macarreno was arrested on Thursday morning by police in Tukwila, a Seattle suburb, after calling 911 on an intruder, according to KIRO 7. Police did not arrest the intruder due to a lack of probable cause, The Seattle Times reported, but they arrested Macarreno after discovering a 14-year-old warrant issued for him by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Macarreno has been held at a nearby detention center since Thursday.

Wilson Rodriguez Macarreno and his family were in trouble, so he did what he knew to do -- call police for help . About an hour later, he was in ICE custody.

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a man standing in front of a curtain © Family Photo Wilson Rodriguez Macarreno and his family were in trouble, so he did what he knew to do -- call police for help. About an hour later, he was in ICE custody.

Rodriguez's detention on Thursday sent shockwaves through the Seattle-suburb and is now garnering national attention from advocates, warning the way authorities handled the case could make immigrants scared to call police to report crimes.

Early Thursday morning, Rodriguez saw someone trespassing on his property in Tukwila, Washington. In the last few weeks, someone had been repeatedly trying to break-in to his home and car.

So, he called 9-1-1.

Police arriving on scene apprehended a trespasser according to Rodriguez's lawyer Luis Cortes.

After giving officers his ID for what he thought was "report purposes," police put Rodriguez in handcuffs, his lawyer said. After running his information through the National Crime Information Center database, officers saw he had an outstanding warrant.

Less than an hour after making a simple trespassing call, Rodriguez was headed toward an uncertain future as he was driven to an ICE field office in Seattle for processing. His lawyer says ICE never arrived to pick up his client, so Tukwila police officers volunteered to take him to the ICE field office.

Police told the Seattle Times they did not have probable cause to arrest the trespasser.

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He gave the police officer valid proof of insurance, but said that he did not have a license. He was then arrested for driving without a license and taken to jail, where ICE was contacted. When the client did not answer , he asked “are you. Y. No charges pursued, no Police called ICE .

The police show up, attempt to confirm that no party was a criminal, and then police … turn over the break in victim to Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) because he is an illegal alien. Local police in Tukwila, Washington responded to a call from Wilson Rodriguez

CNN's calls to the Tukwila Police Department for comment on this story have gone unreturned.

"As with every incident, we establish the identity of those involved," the Tukwila Police Department said in a Facebook post, explaining why they ran his information through the database. In a separate Facebook post, the department says, "officers believed that they were executing a valid order from a judge in the form of a criminal warrant."

Wilson Rodriguez Macarreno. © Family Photo Wilson Rodriguez Macarreno. In reality, officers executed an administrative ICE warrant.

Tukwila Police say in their Facebook post ICE told to them it's been entering administrative warrants into the database the same as criminal warrants. And that, "we may be encountering more of these types of warrants in the future."

Advocates warn of damaged trust

Jorge Barón, executive director of the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, says the ICE warrants are a big problem.

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This comes after an immigrant who called police for help Thursday ended up being turned over to ICE agents. The Tukwila police department tells me this was essentially an accident -- and it happened because a warrant from ICE came down in a format its officers had never seen before.

Answers . A Washington police department has come under fire after turning an immigrant who called police for help over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) agents.

"When people think of a warrant, [they think] a judge has signed off on it. An independent fact finder has said whatever the police officer or law enforcement said appears to meet a threshold," he says. "That's the thing with these ICE 'warrants,' they're not approved by an immigration judge. They're not approved by a federal judge. Nobody independently reviews them."

CNN reached out to ICE to respond to Barón's characterization of the warrants. While not immediately commenting, an ICE spokesperson said they would respond on Tuesday.

In the past, ICE officials have said coordinating immigration arrests with local law enforcement allows authorities to avoid "risks to public safety and officer safety."

ICE warrants issued for civil immigration violations issued by US immigration officers, are administrative and not reviewed by any independent authority that examines the case or the facts.

"In the criminal justice system, it would never fly," says Barón, who hesitates to even call them warrants.

Barón says even though the Tukwila police officers were mistaken, their ignorance of the law is not an excuse.

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"I think that there is an obligation on local law enforcement to be paying attention to these issues," he says. "Local law enforcement need to educate themselves."

Tukwila Police say they have instituted a new directive to prevent an incident like this from happening again.

But the blurred lines between the criminal and administrative warrants is not Barón's main concern. He believes this will strike fear into immigrant communities to not call police when they need help or when they have information about possible crimes.

"It's not just going to hurt immigrant communities," he says. "It's going to hurt all of us."

Lawyer: Immigrant came to US fleeing violence

Records show Rodriguez is now being held in a detention facility in Tacoma, Washington, awaiting deportation processing. His lawyer says authorities denied his bond and would not allow his release under ankle monitoring.

Rodriguez entered the US from Honduras in 2004, fleeing violence his lawyer says took his brother and a friend. Rodriguez says his brother died from a gunshot to the head and his friend was found chopped to pieces. CNN could not verify these claims.

He works as a carpenter to support his family that includes 3-year-old twins and 1-year-old, according to his lawyer.

His lawyer says that ICE did apprehend him in Texas in 2004, but Rodriguez missed his court date -- he did not have an address to send the court notice. Cortes says his client has no criminal history.

CNN contacted ICE for their record of Rodriguez's detention and to confirm he had no criminal history. An ICE spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment, saying they would respond on Tuesday.

Cortes is actively working to stop his client's deportation and is looking at re-opening the case in which Rodriguez missed the court date, but his future is also unclear -- he is a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, recipient.

CNN's Catherine Shoichet contributed to this report.

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