The highly controversial ICE has struck again. At 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, several ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officers sat down to eat a meal at Sava's Restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan before they then raided the restaurant, taking three employees into custody. The officers were originally there to investigate an employee that wasn't working that day, and left with three other employees.
The employees they took into custody all had proper documentation, but did not have it with them at the time of the raid. The owner of the restaurant sent it after they were taken in, and they were released and have returned to work.
It's incredibly disheartening to hear about ICE carrying out what appears to be traumatizing raids, as the restaurant owner stated that the situation was sad and that the raid "scare[d] the whole community". It shows that even at work, things can happen.
What I personally want to talk about, though, is how the heck the officers decided they should sit down and eat there before raiding it. It just plays out like a ridiculous scene in my head.
"Yeah, I'll take the breakfast plate sunny-side up with hash browns and bacon, thanks," an officer says to the server, who walks away to put the orders in. The officer sips his coffee, then turns to one of his colleagues. "Alright, Joe, I don't think our guy is here. Should we just leave after we eat?"
Joe shakes his head, stirring cream and sugar into his mug. "Nah, I'm sure we can find somebody else here we can take in. It's not like we have anything better to do."
As the orders of toast arrive, the third officer pipes up, "What if they have their documentation?"
"Don't be stupid, Bob," Joe scoffs, biting into his toast and talking with his mouth full. "We'll just take them back for investigation anyways."
The rest of their food arrives and they dig in, discussing what entrance they should make to look cool like in their favorite cop movies like Rush Hour 3 and Lethal Weapon 3. After they finish, briefly discussing whether they should even pay the bill, Joe claps the first officer on the back. "Alright, Dick, let's do this."
"It's Richard," Dick whines, standing up begrudgingly as they went to barge into the kitchen, where the employees were peacefully and legally working, to start the raid and traumatize innocent people.
It's just so absurd, and I hope all the best for the people who had to deal with these officers and ICE in general.