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Federal immigration agents forced to call for backup after residents in Queens, N.Y. attempt to stop arrest

May 31, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Federal immigration agents forced to call for backup after residents in Queens, N.Y. attempt to stop arrest

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A woman kneeled and prayed on Tuesday in front of immigration agents as they walked her brother — who is accused of burglary and illegally reentering the country — to an unmarked vehicle in Queens, New York.

Tensions were elevated around 10 a.m. when over 30 residents were screaming and desperately attempting to prevent the feds from arresting Hardat Sampat, a native of Guyana.

However, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who rushed in with unmarked cars, surrounded Sampat on the one-way street as the driver of the vehicle in which he was riding in attempted to flee.

“Why me?” Sampat’s sister sobbed.

Sampat is accused of burglary and re-entering the U.S. illegally

ICE agents took 35-year-old Sampat to Manhattan Federal Court for processing, where he was expected to be transferred to an immigration center in New Jersey.

According to NBC4 News, Sampat will remain in custody until at least June 15th, and then officials will determine whether to release or deport him.

“He was previously released from the custody of the New York Department of Corrections with an active detainer in place,” ICE spokesperson Rachael Yong Yow announced in a statement.

Sampat was arrested weeks ago for robbing the Rockaways home of a 37-year-old woman he knew on April 9th and on April 30th. During the second burglary, he trashed the apartment by spraying paint on the walls and furniture.

Family members said Sampat was on his way to Queens Criminal Court for an appearance on the burglary charges when ICE agents arrested him.

Footage recorded at the scene showed neighbors blocking a convoy of federal vehicles.

“You don’t know what kind of heartbreak it is to see this,” one woman said about Sampat’s arrest.

As the crowd continued to grow, ICE agents called for backup, and NYPD cops were dispatched to the corner for crowd control.

In February, Police Commissioner James O’Neill published a defiant memo saying NYPD would not support Trump’s directive to round up illegal immigrants or enforce warrants issued by federal immigration officials to arrest those here illegally.

As of April 7th, the NYPD had not honored any of the 130 detainer requests they’d received from the feds so far in 2017. But Sampat was charged with second-degree burglary, one of the 170 felony crimes for which, if arrested, undocumented illegals could face deportation.

Sampat willingly agreed to be deported back to Guyana while he was in prison in Florida for assault charges about five years ago but came back to the U.S. illegally to be with his relatives.

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