NASHVILLE, TN (CNN) — A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent tried to bring a man in Nashville into custody, but neighbors formed a human chain to allow the man and his son to get home Monday.
For four hours, a man and his son sat inside of their car as two ICE agents tried to get them to surrender. The father is reportedly in the country illegally, so the ICE agents were tasked with bringing him into custody.
However, when neighbors heard what was going on, they came to assist their neighbor.
“We made sure they had water, they had food, we put gas back in the vehicle when they were getting low just to make sure they were okay,” Felishadae Young, one of the family’s neighbors said.
The neighbors in Hermitage say they don’t care how someone got here, it’s how they act when they are here.
“The family don’t bother nobody, they work every day, they come home, the kids jump on their trampoline, it’s just a community,” said neighbor Stacey Farley.
Stacey Farely helped create a human chain to help the family get from their car safely into their home, and she didn’t think twice about supporting her neighbors.
“I could see if these people were bad criminals, but they’re not, they’re just trying to provide for their kids,” Farley said.
The standoff brought Metro Police to the scene to keep the peace, council members, as well as lawyers to evaluate the situation.
“There were two immigration officials sort of bullying a family inside of their own vehicle, telling them that they had an administrative warrant, which isn’t the same thing as a judicial warrant, and trying to harass them and fear them into coming out,” Attorney Daniel Ayoadeyoon said.
At the end of the day, the ICE agents left the scene and the family ended up leaving too, in search of a safer place.