Couple in U.S. illegally killed speeding away from agents

2 dead in Kern County after vehicle overturns while fleeing ICE agents

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent in Montebello in April 2017

Garcia, who matched their target's description, exited the house, got into his auto, and fled the area "at a high rate of speed", Haley said.

ICE confirmed that its officers had not only pulled the couple over, but had in fact mistaken Garcia for a target they had planned to arrest.

"You can pull over if stopped by an ICE agent and then refuse to tell them any information about where you were born, how long you've been in the United States, what your status is in the United States, you can ask for a lawyer". "As the officers departed the location of the attempted engagement, they came across the overturned vehicle and immediately called 911 for assistance".

"This terrible tragedy is the direct result of ICE's inhumane tactics and the fear it provokes in hardworking people who stand to lose everything if they are deported", said Jennie Pasquarella, the group's director of immigrants' rights, according to KRON.

The United Farm Workers of America said the couple lived in the country illegally since 2003 and left behind six children, ranging in age from 8 to 18.

Local news station KRON 4 News reported that the two people, Santo Hilario Garcia, 35, and Marcelina Garcia Profecto, 33, were declared dead on the scene after losing control of the auto and crashing into a power line pole. The future of the children remains uncertain.

According to Fox 26, ICE agents arrived at the couple's home because they had reason to believe that a Mexican citizen was living in the U.S. without legal permission.

The driver, identified by ICE officials as Santos Hilario Garcia, was a Mexican citizen who had been voluntarily returned to Mexico three times between 2008 and 2017, and had a DUI conviction in 2014.

The tactic, she added, has resulted in "numerous unlawful arrests".

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Family members said the couple had been in the U.S. for 15 years and were farmworkers.

The deadly incident comes amid a crackdown by ICE on undocumented immigrants in California.

Rodriguez said that as far as he knows 'Santos and Marcelina were law abiding folks, ' who came to the USA to work.

Pasquarella said immigration agents are reportedly pulling over farmworkers while in unmarked vehicles.

"This incident demonstrates just how unsafe ICE's unlawful practices are to our communities".

Pasquarella blamed the "horrible tragedy" on ICE's "inhumane tactics and the fear it provokes in hardworking people who stand to lose everything if they are deported".

Several California officials, from representatives to mayors across the state, have since spoken out against Trump and vowed to fight back against such immigration sweeps, in part to protect its economy, the sixth largest in the world.

In a tweet, the president said California's "sanctuary policies are illegal and unconstitutional and put the safety and security of our entire nation at risk".

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