On Monday Morning, an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agent shot Felix Torres of Chicago in an arrest attempt. ICE claimed that someone pointed a weapon at the agents, leading to the violence. However, according to the family, Torres himself was unarmed. His daughter, Carmine, clarified that the reason for ICE’s arrival was never even explained.
Torres’s family of 8 have been living in the house for 30 years, and they were all legal residents—not one of them were undocumented. That didn’t stop ICE from invading their home. Carmine detailed the terrifying encounter: “They didn’t say anything. They just came in and pointed pistols in our faces and dragged us out.” About the claims that there was a gun involved, Carmine stated, “It’s a lie when they say he was holding a gun. He doesn’t even own a gun,” and “They shot my dad. They shot him, and I don’t know why.”
Because Chicago is a “sanctuary city,” this event raises other concerns. Alderman Gilbert Villegas, a city official, said, “We’re going to have to talk to [Chicago Police Department] to find out if this was a coordinated effort, because if it was in any way, that raises concerns about us as a sanctuary city.” The problem is, even if Chicago is a sanctuary city with the Mayor’s support, ICE can still conduct raids.
Torres was taken to a nearby hospital and remains in critical condition. For now, the shooting is being investigated.