Sava Lelcaj-Farah who owns a restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan is angry after ICE agents had breakfast at her restaurant. They had come in looking for someone who wasn’t there and when they found out he wasn’t there, they ate breakfast. A couple of other agents waited outside. When an employee named Carlos went out the back door to dump some garbage, he was stopped but he had all the proper ID.
Three other employees saw that and headed out the front door. They were stopped and all three turned out to be illegal aliens. Lelcaj was angry because she said her restaurant is a sanctuary for their employees. Sorry chickee but that’s not how it works.
It was a mistaken identity which is really sad for us,’ she said.
‘This is supposed to be a sanctuary for our employees and they are to feel safe and protected and of course that didn’t happen today.’
Moments later, as word of Carlos’ arrest spread, three employees tried to leave the restaurant through the front door.
All three were detained.
‘These guys are living under fear and there are enough stories of innocent people getting arrested that they freaked out and ran out the front door where they were apprehended,’ Lelcaj-Farah told the New York Daily News.
Lelcaj-Farah has said that she vets her employees by using a third party that determines whether they can legally work in the country.
‘We of course respect the law but we understand that there are certain situations that we are not aware of,’ she said.
Lelcaj-Farah said that while most customers have been supportive of the restaurant, a number of Ann Arbor residents have told her they plan to boycott her establishment because it employed undocumented migrants.
‘Now people are saying, “I’m never going to eat at your restaurant because you hire illegal immigrants”,’ she said.
‘I myself was an illegal immigrant, and if that’s how you feel, we are not the restaurant for you.’
ICE released a statement about the incident, according to WEMU.
‘While conducting a targeted enforcement action at Sava’s restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers encountered and arrested three individuals on immigration violations.
‘Sergio Cardenas Rubio and Jesus Ortiz Hernandez unlawfully entered the United States without inspection at an unknown date and location.
‘Mohamed Souman lawfully entered the country, but did not depart in accordance with the terms of his status. All three are currently in ICE custody.’