The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently released a statement regarding people impersonating immigration agents in Houston.
According to the statement, there have been disturbing reports that people impersonating Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) special agents are knocking on doors in the Houston area telling residents to evacuate presumably so they can rob the empty homes.
How would I know if the agents are real or impersonators?
Real HSI officials wear badges that are labeled "Special Agent," which members of the public can ask to see and verify. ICE officers with Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) also wear badges labeled with ERO Officer. They also carry credentials with their name and organization. Also note that during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, ICE is not conducting immigration enforcement operations in the affected area.
What should I do if I encounter people who present themselves as agents?
It is important to stay calm and ask to see these properly labeled badges, and their credentials. If they are unable to verify their identity, then it unlikely they are real immigration agents. To report suspicious activity or individuals contact ICE toll free 866-342-2423.
To learn about your rights as an immigrant, follow this link to our blog post, Know Your Rights - A Quick Guide for Immigrants. Our thoughts and prayers go to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
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