City official: ICE visit to E. Washington Ave. McDonald’s ‘not related to deportation activities’

ICE officials were at businesses on East Washington Avenue Tuesday but the visit was not related to “deportation activities” according to an official with the Madison Mayor’s office.

Gloria Reyes, the deputy mayor for public safety, civil rights and community services, told News 3 that Madison Police had confirmed a visit by ICE to the McDonald’s on East Washington Avenue over the lunch hour but said they were not aware that someone had been detained and said it was an “unrelated ICE matter.”

An employee leaving the McDonald’s on East Washington Avenue told News 3 that ICE had been at the facility over the lunch hour. A sign on the door of the location said that the lobby area was closed but drive-thru remained open.

We’re getting reports that @ICEgov was at McDonald’s on East Wash. An employee told me agents were here but wouldn’t confirm if someone was arrested. @madisonpolice is on scene and the lobby is closed. #news3

— Amanda Quintana (@AmandaQTV) September 25, 2018

Latino Chamber of Commerce officials met with business owners and community members Tuesday morning, and told News 3 that they were aware of reports of ICE activity on East Washington and concern at East High School.

.@CityofMadison rep tells Latino-owned businesses they were told @ICEgov would be here until today. @Latino_Chamber members speak to attorneys about what they should do to keep employees and customers safe during a time when many are scared to leave their homes. #news3

— Amanda Quintana (@AmandaQTV) September 25, 2018

A spokeswoman for the Madison Metropolitan School District said that ICE officials were not at the school Tuesday.

Reyes said 12 people have now been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Madison area, an increase of one additional person since Monday.

.@CityofMadison has confirmed @ICEgov has arrested 1 additional person since yesterday. That makes 12 in the Madison area since Friday. #news3

— Amanda Quintana (@AmandaQTV) September 25, 2018