Looks like ICE is keeping busy these days. Apparently, not too long ago Philadelphia Parking Authority provided assistance to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in rounding up 26 cab drivers. 23 people were determined to be in the United States illegally, according to ICE spokesman Mark Medvesky. All but four were released, however, their names were placed on a deportation list.
Two of the three cleared drivers who identified themselves as naturalized American citizens said that they had been handcuffed and interrogated during the raid. One driver described his experience as deeply upsetting and humiliating, saying that the ICE officers grabbed him, pushed him against the wall, and handcuffed him.
Medvesky said the sting had been conducted in response to a public-safety issue, since cab drivers have access to areas of Philadelphia International Airport where the public is normally not allowed.
Parking Authority itself claims to inspect drivers’ credentials annually when their licenses come up for renewal.