One can only imagine the fear and worry that often accompanies immigrants’ lives in Florida, especially those with concerning issues regarding their legal statuses. A couple in another state understood all too well what it’s like to live in fear of U.S. immigration law officers. Sadly, their story recently came to a tragic end.
They were reportedly leaving a particular residence in another state on their way to go out and seek employment. They were traveling in a sports utility vehicle when they were pulled over in an apparent traffic stop. They complied with the request but suddenly grew very afraid when they witnessed ICE officers exiting the patrol car and approaching their SUV.
ICE agents later claimed they had stopped the couple because the man supposedly met a description of another person they were looking for in connection with a deportation situation. At some point, the couple became so frightened, they apparently fled the scene. Moments later, they were involved in a fatal car accident when their vehicle spun off the road, overturned and crashed into a power line pole.
Both people in the SUV died in the crash. Following the tragic incident, ICE agents admitted the man in the SUV was not the person they had been searching for at the time. Increasing numbers of frightening U.S. immigration law incidents have been occurring in recent months as the government continues to come down hard on people residing in the United States without the correct documentation. Any Florida resident in need of guidance regarding such issues can tap into support resources available through immigration and naturalization law offices in the area.
Source: CNN, “Couple killed in crash while fleeing from immigration agents“, Cheri Mossburg, Nicole Chavez, March 15, 2018