Felix Torres is a legal resident of the United States. But that didn’t stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from nearly killing him.
At 6:20 AM on Monday morning, ICE agents suddenly stormed into the Torres residence on the 6100 block of West Grand in Chicago, in which approximately 8 people were staying at the time, including a baby. After alleging that one of the Torres family members was armed, ICE agents opened fire, severely wounding Torres, who was, according to the Chicago-based People’s Response Team — a grassroots advocacy group — a legal resident who has lived in that home for roughly 30 years. The group also said that, according to daughter Carmen Torres, no member of the household is undocumented.
“They didn’t say anything. They just came in and pointed pistols in our faces and dragged us out,” Carmen Torres told DNAInfo. “We didn’t even have time to dress or grab milk for the baby.”
“My dad doesn’t have any guns, my dad just went to see what’s going on,” Torres added. “He just opened the door and they just shot him.”
While ICE has yet to comment on the heavy-handed raid other than that the agency will be investigating the underlying cause of the raid, Chicago public officials are clamoring for accountability following Torres’ shooting.
“ICE’s guns blazing raid on a northwest side home filled with sleeping kids is exactly why the City of Chicago should refuse to collaborate with ICE. ICE routinely violates the American people’s constitutional rights,” said city alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa in a public statement. “This guns blazing ICE raid deepens my resolve to organize my community so we can keep each other safe from the threat posed by ICE.”
During the daily White House press briefing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowed to “claw back” any Department of Justice grants being paid to any city that designated itself as a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants, while simultaneously refusing any agency grants to sanctuary cities in the future.
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.