Video capturing an ICE agent attempting to detain two undocumented immigrants in Hudson is making a splash through social media. Bryan MacCormack, the executive director of Columbia County Sanctuary Movement, prevented an agent from detaining his clients due to “know your rights” training.
“The ICE agents in this situation were holding what they called a warrant. But it’s actually a warrant that they created,” said Joanne Trapanese with Columbia County Sanctuary. “The Homeland Security warrant looks like a warrant. It looks very official and very scary and that’s why most people don’t know the difference.”
A proper warrant requires a judge’s signature. Trapanese said those who go with ICE agents without a warrant with a judge’s signature are detaining themselves of their own volition.
“An agent’s signature really means nothing in the criminal justice world,” said Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple.
“This is the most confusing system I’ve ever seen is the United States immigration system. And it’s hard to come into a country speaking very little or broken English and have to figure this out on your own,” Apple said.