Immigrant Called the Cops for Help, Then ICE Detained Him


When a Washington State carpenter called the police on a trespasser, cops arrested him instead and turned him over to federal immigration enforcement.

Wilson Rodriguez Macarreno was arrested on Thursday morning by police in Tukwila, a Seattle suburb, after calling 911 on an intruder, according to KIRO 7. Police did not arrest the intruder due to a lack of probable cause, The Seattle Times reported, but they arrested Macarreno after discovering a 14-year-old warrant issued for him by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. Macarreno has been held at a nearby detention center since Thursday.

Macarreno’s lawyer Luis Cortes told The Daily Beast that deportation for his client, a 32-year-old father of three, is a “realistic possibility,” said Cortes. The carpenter fled to the United States 14 years ago to escape violence in Honduras. “His brother was shot and killed, and one of his friends was chopped up in pieces in El Salvador,” Cortes claimed.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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