New York City can chalk up another despicable scam to add to its infamous roster of unending crimes perpetrated on residents and tourists, annually. The latest scam involves “ICE agents” and illegals.
New York City has issued a warning that there are individuals posing as ICE agents and ripping off undocumented and illegal immigrants.
A New York ABC News report uncovered that men wearing ICE jackets are approaching unsuspecting victims in known immigrant neighborhoods and demanding their cash and valuables in return for not getting deported.
NYC Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said a man was approached Monday in his neighborhood by four men claiming to be immigration agents and wearing ICE jackets. They demanded cash and threatened to arrest him. The man handed over $ 250.00 in cash.
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A spokeswoman for the councilman said, “This is a scam that happens every so often. … We’re confident it’s happened more than once.”
New York City is a sanctuary city, so if victims report the crime to the police, they are not allowed to ask about the victim’s immigration status nor report them to federal agents.
Mayor deBlasio said this about the scam: “If someone is a victim of fraud, they need to report it right away so we can get the person who did this to them and stop them from victimizing others.”
Federal agents have arrested almost 700 immigrants nationwide, including in New York City, and the illegals in New York have heard about these raids and are running scared.
Immigration attorney, Cesar Vargas said, “There’s definitely a climate of fear. We have families…, parents who are reluctant to go outside to the store, to church, or meetings because they’re afraid.”
ICE has issued some helpful tips for immigrants approached on the streets by supposed ICE agents:
If members of the community are approached by someone purporting to be a federal immigration officer, they should respectfully request to see the person’s badge and credentials.
If the individual is unable to present a badge and credentials it should raise a red flag. People should also be suspicious if the “officer” demands money or if he/she detains someone and refuses to disclose where they are being taken.
If members of the community suspect they’ve been contacted by an “impostor” immigration officer, they should report the encounter immediately to local law enforcement and/or call ICE’s 24-hour toll-free tip line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE.
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