#LatinoRebels10: From 2019, When Immigration Enforcement Goes Too Far… Again

May 17, 2021
11:00 PM

Illustration by Alex Charner

For this ninth installment of #LatinoRebels10 in celebration of Latino Rebels’ 10th anniversary, we look back to a story from 2019 when an ICE agent opened fired at an unarmed individual. For more installments, click here.

It was September 2019 when we were notified of an incident in Antioch, Tennessee. According to witnesses and organizers, an “ICE agent fired an unconfirmed number of gunshots at the man who refused to show his ID.” The details of the entire story are here, and the Antioch story once again proved how much of a rogue agency ICE can be, along with other agencies in the immigration enforcement system.

Why Did an ICE Agent Open Fire in an Immigrant Neighborhood?

From the 2019 story:

“This is unlike anything we have seen before. We have never seen an ICE agent use lethal force in a civil matter before,” said Anna Albescu, member of The MIX. The ICE agent who was involved in this incident was one of two agents involved in a prior incident that occurred in Hermitage, TN, on July 22, 2019. In Hermitage, ICE attempted to use MNPD’s presence to intimidate a father to leave his vehicle after he calmly and lawfully refused.

“In light of what happened this morning, it is clear that Immigration Customs and Enforcement officials are aware and frustrated that community members understand how to exercise their rights. Now, ICE agents are taking out their frustrations on our neighbors by escalating civil matters into use of lethal force,” said Hernan Crescencio, member of the MIX.

Here are just a few of others stories we have covered over the years where agencies went too far:

ICE Officer Shoots Unarmed Man in the Face, Activist Community Rallies in Response

It’s Detention if People Are in ICE Custody, No Matter How the Agency Rebrands It (OPINION)

Mijente to Launch National ‘Eyes on ICE: Truth and Accountability’ Forums

Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition Responds to ICE Agent Shooting Antioch Resident

Local Nashville Report Says One of ICE Agents Involved in Shooting Was Part of Previous Settled Lawsuits

The Preventable Death of an ICE Detainee Amid a Pandemic Speaks to a Crisis of Civilization

As the Daughter of an ICE Detainee, Here’s What I Learned From a Deep Dive Into Immigration Raids (OPINION)

Pepper Spray Used Against Immigrant Women Detainees in Louisiana Detention Center

Former CBP Deputy Chief Defends Use of Pepper Spray on Migrants Because ‘You Could Actually Put It on Your Nachos and Eat It’

ACLU Releases Thousands of Documents Showing CBP Abuse of Children During Obama Administration

Viral Videos of CBP Undercover Arrest Show Mother Being Removed in Front of Her Kids

ICE Raids Home of DREAMer Activist Leader Erika Andiola

ACLU Issues Complaint Demanding Investigation Into Abuses in Outdoor Border Patrol Detention Facility

Why Doesn’t Anybody Care About Report of Refugee Children Sexual Abuse Under Trump? Because #ObamaDidItToo

Don’t Be Outraged They’re Being Called Concentration Camps. Be Outraged They Exist.

DemocracyNow Features #Anastasio Torture and Death by US Border Patrol

For all our immigration stories since 2011, go here.