NEW YORK, May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Bryan MacCormack is a 30-year-old U.S. citizen who successfully stopped ICE agents from arresting and detaining two undocumented immigrants. A video capturing the entire confrontation went viral.
"You know I was a little nervous," Bryan recalled of the encounter on "Brad Show Live." "Mostly because of the fact that I had two community members in my car. And I knew that the future of their lives could be impacted by my actions that day."
ICE pulled Bryan over on March 5, 2019 when he was driving two undocumented immigrants to a local courthouse in Hudson, New York for traffic infractions. The ICE agents insisted they had jurisdiction over Bryan's vehicle, but through Bryan's familiarity with U.S. constitutional law, ICE later retreated.
"The document that the ICE agent had was a Department of Homeland Security order," he explained. "It was entitled a 'warrant for arrest of alien'...it is really just a document from the Department of Homeland Security."
ICE would have needed a judicial warrant signed by a federal judge under the Fourth Amendment in order to allow for a search and seizure of private space, he clarified.
Since Trump took presidential office, ICE arrests in New York State Courthouses increased by 1700 percent, according to the Immigrant Defense Project. And although the New York State Office of Court Administration recently ruled ICE can't arrest immigrants in state courthouses without warrants, it has not stopped the agencies' ruthless car tailing tactics, as seen in Bryan's case.
"What we really want people to know, is that if they [ICE] does not slide a judicial warrant under your door, you have no obligation to open your door and allow them to come in," he told Brad Bernstein, the host of "Brad Show Live."
Actively looking to inform undocumented persons of their legal rights, Bryan is also the executive director for the Columbia County Sanctuary Movement and organizes various "Know Your Rights" trainings and seminars.
Check out the full interview for more on Bryan's advocacy work, and startling encounter with ICE, and watch "Brad Show Live" with host Brad Bernstein Monday through Friday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. EST, on Facebook & YouTube.
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