2 on the Beat attended an afternoon news conference conducted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
You can only imagine the surprise and angry reaction from the Spanish language station reporters and photographers when they were told that no one was available to provide the information in Spanish.
Robert Rutt, the special agent in charge, and field office director Kenneth Landgrebe briefed reporters about the operation.
They also stressed that wanted to “dispel any myths and rumors about the raid.” They wanted to get the word out that everyone was treated in a humane and professional way!
160 illegal immigrants from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are taken into custody, and you have no way of getting that information directly to their family and friends, who are very likely watching a Spanish language newscast?
I don’t know if this is an ICE policy, or the agency just doesn’t employ a Spanish speaking media relations person.
For some perspective here, even the Houston Police Department and the Houston Independent School District have SOMEONE on staff who can conduct interviews in Spanish.