KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Rep. Emanuel Cleaver expressed his concern Monday after ICE agents broke out a Kansas City man’s car window and took him into custody while his two young children were in the backseat.
"This video is very concerning as to the traumatization of children and the reasonable use of force. I have already reached out to all parties to better understand what is going on," Cleaver said.
This video is very concerning as to the traumatization of children and the reasonable use of force. I have already reached out to all parties to better understand what is going on.https://t.co/61TYvCoKE7— Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (@repcleaver) July 23, 2019
Undocumented immigrants across the country are anxious with the threat of deportation and the widespread of federal raids. Kansas City was not listed as a city targeted in the proposed ICE raids, but one family in the area was ripped apart Monday.
It started out as a normal day for the family that lives at Harvard Court Apartments but ended with their family being split apart all while their young children watched in fear.
“It was like something you saw on a movie, like you never thought it was going to happen,” Cheyenne Hoyt, Partner Arrested by ICE, said.
Hoyt and her partner, who she asked not to be named, were headed to the hospital with their six-month-old daughter and 11-year-old son. Before they could leave, ICE agents blocked in their car.
They tried to take her partner into custody. She and her children are U.S. citizens, but he isn’t.
“He was deported back in 2010,” Hoyt said.
Hoyt said he spent three months in Mexico before coming back to the U.S. and was working to become a citizen.
The couple asked the agents to see a warrant which she said they never showed. Attorney Michael Sharma-Crawford, who is not handling this case, said that is not illegal. However, he did say it is inappropriate.
“Regulations and the statues to arrest without a warrant,” Crawford said.
After about 22-minutes, ICE agents broke their car window, pulled the man out, and arrested him.
“He was scared because the kids were in the car,” Hoyt continued. “My kid’s safety didn’t matter, nothing mattered to them.”
The Kansas City Police Department sent KCTV5 News a statement saying in part, that they back up officers to ensure safety.
“When called, they will respond to back up an officer in this capacity to ensure safety and the safety of those around the incident. Many times, other officers/agents may be by themselves and find themselves in the situation where they need assistance. That was the case in this response today.”
KCTV5 News spoke with ICE’s public affairs office and they sent us their narrative for the cause of Monday's arrest.
“On July 22, 2019, deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested Florencio Millan-Vazquez, 32, an illegal alien from Mexico, following a vehicle stop in Kansas City, Missouri. Millan-Vazquez was an immigration fugitive at the time of his ICE arrest. He has a prior criminal history that includes misdemeanor offenses. In 2011, a federal immigration judge granted him voluntary departure. Millan-Vazquez complied with the judge’s order by returning to Mexico. However, five days after he returned to Mexico, he was encountered by immigration officials after he illegally re-entered the United States under an assumed name. He was issued an expedited removal order and removed (deported) from the U.S. Millan-Vazquez remains in ICE custody pending removal to Mexico.
During the July 22, 2019, encounter with ICE officers, Millan-Vazquez was uncooperative and refused to exit his vehicle or follow lawfully issued commands issued by ICE and local police. After attempting to negotiate with Millan-Vazquez for about 25 minutes, the ICE officers were left with no other choice than make the arrest by physically removing him from the vehicle.”
“I just want him to come home, I don’t know what to do without him,” Hoyt said.