Alexander Parker says ICE threatened to detain him on his wedding day after their judge didn’t recognize his ID card and reported him.
“I kind of feel like she had already assumed that I wasn’t legal. She’s had people come before her to get married and she’s called ICE on them before,” he explained.
Parker and his fiancé Krisha Schmick went to be married by Judge Elizabeth Beckley in May 2017, when he presented his ID from the Guatemalan consulate. The couple says Judge Beckley then called ICE.
“The constable came out and told me that they had to detain me because the judge said he had never seen the type of ID I had given her,” said Parker. “He told me I wasn’t allowed to leave the building or anything and that I had to come up with some proof that I was here legally.”
He then said ICE agents took him into a separate room and was told if he didn’t provide proof of lawful immigration status, we would be taken to an ICE detention center in Harrisburg, PA. As it turns out, his green card was in the process of renewed and after Schmick retrieved his paperwork, the ICE officers apologized.
They have since moved to Florida to raise their kids, for career opportunities and because Parker feels safer there.