Call 4 Action: Mistaken immigration raid?
Tue, 30 Sep 2008 13:25:27 GMT —
Olga Savage said she went through a harrowing life-changing experience that might have been a total mistake.
The 68-year-old woman told Action 4 News that she heard a knock at her door Tuesday morning.
But before she had a chance to get up she said U.S. Immigration & Customers Enforcement (ICE) agents were inside her home.
They came in with guns, grenades and holding their pistols, Savage recalled.
When she asked them why they came into her home they allegedly responded, "Show us your papers."
Savage complied by showing them documentation proving that she's been a United States citizen for 40 years.
She said they were shocked to see the paperwork.
They looked confused and said, 'They told us you didn TMt have your papers', she recalled.
After verifying her documentation, they made copies and left.
Olga said they didn't offer an apology or help.
But the experience left her in bad shape.
Savage told Action 4 News that she had to drive herself to the local clinic since her blood pressure rose to 280.
I told the doctor don TMt let me die because I had a really bad pain, she said.
Savage said she wants to know why federal agents kicked in her door like she was a criminal, if she's been a citizen for so many years.
Why, why did they have to come like they were going to war, if I TMm a women living on my own, Savage asked.
Action 4 News spoke with ICE spokeswoman Nina Pruneda about the incident.
Pruneda said ICE agents would never raid someone's home and adds that the whole confusion started because Olga savage has two alien registration numbers.
One number states that she is a U.S. Citizen and the other states that she is a fugitive.
Pruneda said ICE will continue looking into this issue.