Neighbors who stopped ICE from arresting undocumented immigrant speak out

A group of neighbors formed a human chain to successfully block two immigration agents from taking away a father who has lived there for 14 years.
2:06 | 07/24/19

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Now we move on to the standoff with immigration agents in Tennessee. Neighbors and activists forming a human chain to stop I.C.E. Officials from taking a man into custody. Steve osunsami has more. Good morning, Steve. Reporter: Good morning to you, robin. These federal agents are, of course, doing their jobs and enforcing the law but the following is also true. These neighbors are listening to their conscience. Reporter: This is the scene playing out in cities across the country. Neighbors taking on I.C.E. Agents. In Nashville they formed a human chain successfully blocking two immigrant agents from taking away a father who's lived here for the last 14 years. He was inside the white van with his son. All of us just came together and we did the right thing. We will do it today. We will do it tomorrow. This is what America is all about. Reporter: Even the sheriff refused a call to the scene saying in a statement this morning that his office does not in any way participate in I.C.E. Raids. New rules from homeland security mean that as many as 300,000 unauthorized immigrants now have a greater chance of being deported. The government is expediting depore takes for immigrants who can't prove that they've been in the country for at least two years. You can't break my window. Reporter: In Kansas City, this family was broadcasting live on Facebook as I.C.E. Agents moved in to detain the husband. The officer smashed the window. In a statement the government explains in this case the man was an immigration fugitive with a prior criminal history that includes misdemeanor offenses and they say he had illegally re-entered the United States under an assumed name. I told him not to refuse because I didn't want them to shoot him in front of my kids. Reporter: Bystanders were protesting and recording the drama on their cell phones. As immigration agents pulled a mother of two out of her car. Federal authorities point out that there were more of these forced removals under the Obama administration.

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