At 8:15 AM on Thursday morning, a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer shot a man on his face during an immigration operation. This comes at a time when ICE is already under fire from individuals and organizations all over the world for their large scale detention of people of colour.
WHY DID THE SHOOTING TAKE PLACE?
ICE was at the location to arrest Gasper Avendano-Hernandez. Gasper, a Mexican, was accused of having entered the country without documents. It occurred in the Bensonhurst neighbourhood of Brooklyn.
The victim allegedly interfered in Avendano-Hernandez’s arrest, due to which one of the officers opened fire. It has not been disclosed whether he was armed, but authorities have said that his injuries are not life-threatening.
ICE has also said that two of its officers were hospitalized after being physically attacked. New York City police arrested Avendano-Hernandez on Monday on a felony charge of possessing a forged instrument, according to a statement released by ICE.
HOW ARE THE RELATIONS BETWEEN ICE AND OTHER AGENCIES?
There is an ongoing conflict between Trump and the administration of New York City over its sanctuary policies. The city’s administration has faced the brunt of ICE’s frustration. The immigration control has alleged that the administration does not honour a majority of its detainer requests. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, they comply with detainer requests only if the defendant is convicted of a violent or serious felony. If they are awaiting trial, the administration does not turn them over.
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A move by the Trump administration has widened the dispute between federal immigration enforcement and New York state agencies. On Thursday, they temporarily barred New Yorkers from several programmes that allow faster security checks when they enter the US. According to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), said the action would bar both new passes and renewals and would not apply to Transportation Security Administration pre-checks.
Trump has made his immigration crackdown a focus of his 2020 re-election campaign. The president criticised so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions during his annual State of the Union speech on Tuesday night.