Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers reportedly visited a restaurant in Michigan, had their breakfast there, and then proceeded to arrest three illegal alien cooks.
According to HuffPost, Sava Lelcaj – the owner of the restaurant Sava’s – claims that the incident took place Wednesday (5/24) morning.
“Two officers were stationed at the front door, two stood at the back exit, and two entered the restaurant and had breakfast at the bar with a view of the kitchen,” the outlet reports.
The men reportedly did not identify themselves as ICE officers, merely ordering themselves waffles, bacon, egg whites and toast like any other customers would.
It seems things only began to look out of the ordinary when the men inquired about a kitchen employee who was not present at the time.
“About the same time,” HuffPost reports, “line cook Carlos Rivera-Ochoa took out the trash in the back when officers handcuffs on him, according to Lelcaj.”
When the officers realized Rivera-Ochoa wasn’t an illegal immigrant, they reportedly let him go and proceeded to arrest three other cooks who panicked visibly at the whole ordeal.
“Two men who were detained had unlawfully entered the country,” reports HuffPost, quoting ICE public affairs officer Rachael Yong Yow. “The third had entered lawfully ‘but did not depart in accordance with the terms of his status.’”
HuffPost states that Lelcaj insists she thought all three of the employees “were arrested were authorized to work in the U.S.”
According to the outlet, Lelcaj has condemned the arrests, which have left her short three employees.
“We’re a really loving, peaceful town,” she reportedly said. “It’s not the kind of place where you’d expect this kind of rampage to occur in a restaurant.”
Lelcaj is reportedly now “struggling to figure out how to make sure her employees, who come from many different countries, feel safe at work.”
“If I can do anything to make anyone’s American dream happen, I will do it,” she reportedly said.
According to New York Daily News, Lelcaj stated that her employees “are feeling like they can get arrested anytime because of the color of their skin. There is heightened fear in their community.”
“They want to go home to their wives and kids, they don’t want to spend the night in jail proving the validity of their documentation,” she reportedly added.
Learn more about the incident via the report below.