SHOWDOWN: ICE agents forced to call backup after residents stop arrest...
A woman kneeled in front of federal immigration agents and prayed Tuesday as they walked her brother — accused of burglary and reentering the country illegally — to an unmarked car in Queens.
Tensions were high around 10 a.m. on 112th St. near 101st Ave. in Richmond Hill. More than 30 residents were shouting and trying desperately to keep the feds from arresting Hardat Sampat, who is from Guyana.
But the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, who swooped in while driving unmarked cars, boxed in Sampat on the one-way street as the driver of the car in which he was riding tried to get away, witnesses said.
“Why me?” Sampat’s sister wailed, according to family friend Melissa Rivera, 22.
The agents were all business.
“They didn’t even look her way,” Rivera said. “They didn’t care. This is what Trump is doing.”
ICE agents took Sampat, 35, to Manhattan Federal Court for processing, where he was expected to be sent to an immigration facility in New Jersey, relatives said. Sampat will be held until at least June 15 and then authorities will decide whether to release or deport him, his sister said. Federal officials confirmed the arrest late Tuesday, saying that Sampat was busted by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations officers.