An immigration attorney is accusing an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officer of breaking her foot and then locking her in a room on Tuesday morning in Kansas City, Missouri.
According to The Daily Beast, immigration attorney Andrea Martinez was dropping off a 3-year-old immigrant child, Noah, at an ICE facility. The boy was being reunited with his mother at the facility before they were both deported to Honduras. Martinez was told to accompany Noah, his mother (who is pregnant), and the mother’s boyfriend, Luis. However, Martinez was “denied” access to the facility, seeing as all of the family members were undocumented. After being denied access, Martinez states an ICE officer knocked her to the ground and left her “bloodied.”
Reports indicate that activists had accompanied Martinez to the facility to protest deportations. Martinez claims she thought the boy was going to be reunited with his mother in the parking lot of the office, but, ICE officials insisted they be brought into the building to avoid cameras and reporters. While Martinez was told she would be able to be present in the office–when they reached the front doors she was denied.
Martinez told The Daily Beast:
“He slammed the door on us. The ICE officer pushed us out and didn’t let us follow our three-year-old client into the lobby, and then pushed me to the ground. I was wearing high heels, so that’s when my foot was fractured and my leg got all bloody. And then my pants ripped. But then he called me back in and detained me for another forty minutes or an hour.”
The officer then locked Martinez in a room and refused to give her any aid or medical attention.
“He locked me in an office where I couldn’t get out and he didn’t let me call 9-1-1 or use the phone or anything. And I told him, ‘I’m bleeding, I’m bleeding, can you at least get me a first aid kit?’ And he said, ‘No, it’s not severe enough.’ And then my foot started swelling.”
After she was released, she was taken to the emergency room on a stretcher. Doctors confirmed that the incident caused Martinez to fracture one of her metatarsal bones. She told reporters that Luis, the mother’s boyfriend, was detained–for no reason–by the ICE officers, even though Martinez was told he would not be. After reaching out to ICE, officials released this statement:
Early in the morning of June 26 an incident occurred at the Kansas City ICE office while ICE ERO officers were attempting to reunite a mother with a family member. We take any allegations against ICE personnel very seriously and are looking into the matter. Until a review of the documentary evidence is completed, ICE can issue no further public comment on the matter.
One of the protesters apparently caught the altercation outside, from relatively far away, but captured Martinez’s fall on camera. He shared the footage to Facebook, asking followers and viewers to demand action to help get Luis free and reunited with the family, who apparently has already been deported.
CRITICAL ACTION ALERT: FREE LUISA three-year-old child and his pregnant mother were deported in the dead of night here in Kansas City. Another immigrant, Luis has been unjustly detained. We need your action NOW.40 people showed up solidarity for Noah and Kenia at 3:15 this morning. While trying to accompany her clients and Kenia's partner, Luis, into the building, their lawyer was at first denied access. After repeatedly identifying herself as their attorney, she was knocked to the ground and bloodied by an ICE agent. She was ultimately taken away in an ambulance.Mass deportation is violence. It rips families, risks lives, bloodies bodies. This morning, we bore witness to that violence.The actions here show the need for a community response to keep ICE accountable. Sign up with the lead organization AIRR to pledge your presence next time ICE deports another Kansas City family.https://www.facebook.com/airrkc/Sign Up: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEDgC9zcDKguwqY8OnEUB5KGIG7zU8Irbk0DrXNblF9OK1bQ/viewformA lot of folks were shocked bearing witness to brutality this morning. The reality is these actions by ICE happen everyday, and it is my own, and many others privilege to only be pushed into looking at these cruelties now. We must learn how to be better allies, and shake the silence that fell on us even this morning in the face of brutality.We must evolve ever more accountable ways to stand strong, and accompany our immigrant brothers, sisters, and siblings towards a path of justice.We must #StopDeportations #EndWhiteSilence .#StandUpFightBack #FamiliesBelongTogetherFREE LUIS!!!!Still being held in unjust detention! IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED!Call and email Timothy Nay- Assistant Field Officer Director for ICE in KC. His number is 816-880-5055 and his email is Timothy.T.Nay@ice.dhs.gov.Here is a sample message: "I am calling to demand the immediate release of Luis Alfredo Diaz Inestroza, he should not have been detained. He was targeted and tricked by ICE agent Everett Chase as Luis was meant to say goodbye to Kenia, his partner, and Noah."Make the call. Leave messages. Flood his email. Don't let ICE think for a moment that they can take our people away before dawn and we won't notice.————————————————————————-
Posted by Anderson Rasmussen on Tuesday, June 26, 2018