Moment married four-year-old father locked himself in his car and refused to get out after ICE agents tried to hold him on an expulsion order before leaving the operation
- Octavio Martínez locked himself in his car when ICE agents tried to hold him outside his home in Santa Ana, California
- The undocumented immigrant from Mexico took photos of documents from August 2019 and November 2017 before sending them to his lawyer
- Martínez said his lawyer responded and told him that the documents were not valid
- The stalemate lasted three hours before the ICE agents stopped the operation
- Martínez acknowledged that he has a pending immigration case
A Mexican man with a pending immigration case locked himself in his car for three hours and refused to respond to an order issued by US immigration and customs enforcers.
Octavio Martínez went to work on Tuesday when ICE agents intercepted him in the middle of a street in Santa Ana, California.
The married father of four then used his cell phone to record the confrontation, while the agents threatened to use a Taser on him.
“I looked at my doors and pulled up the windows and they started to hit my glass and my windows aggressively when they saw that,” Martínez said Univision 34.
An ICE agent instructed Martínez to “turn off the car” while pointing a flashlight at him.
Octavio Martínez was on his way to work when ICE agents were holding him up outside his home in Santa Ana, California, trying to issue an order for his deportation on Tuesday. He spent three hours in the car before the agents left the operation
Octavio Martínez said he rolled up his window and locked all doors if an ICE agent (photo) was outside his car for almost three hours on Tuesday. He said the agents showed him two documents, which his lawyer told him they were not valid during an SMS exchange
Martínez contacted his lawyer and sent him two communications from the ICE agents, allegedly initially identified as members of the FBI before his wife and children appeared on the scene.
One of the ICE agent’s legal notifications was a document from the Department of Homeland Security dated August 14, 2019, which indicated that there was a reason for its removal but gave no reason, according to KABC.
The second document was from November 2017 and contained the ruling of an immigration judge to have Martínez deported to Mexico.
He told Telemundo 62 ICE agents said they would stay on site all day if needed until he turned himself in.
An ICE agent (left) walks around outside the home of Octavio Martínez, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, who avoided being arrested by federal immigration officials
ICE agents stand outside the vehicle of a Mexican immigrant while they try to arrest him
“My lawyer then sent the message back and told me it was not valid [deportation] order, and that it was a trick, “said Martinez.
The impasse lasted about three hours until the federal agents left.
Martinez admitted that he had an open opinion about immigration, but did not state what it was about.
“When my lawyer tells me that your options are over, I surrender. I have no problem with that. I’m an honest man, “he said.
KABC reported that Martínez’s alleged asylum application had been rejected.
ICE agents detained him in 2015 during a home visit. Allegedly he was mistaken for another person who wanted to arrest the federal immigration agents.
Martínez was detained for three months until he was released.