ICE warns Harvey victims of people impersonating immigration agents

Officials said fake ICE agents are knocking on doors and telling people to evacuate so they can steal from their homes

By PoliceOne Staff

HOUSTON — Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are warning the public after multiple reports of people impersonating Homeland Security Investigations agents. 

According to a statement issued on the ICE website, the impersonators are telling people to evacuate their homes so they can steal from the empty houses. 

“Real HSI officials wear badges that are labeled "special agent," which members of the public can ask to see and verify,” the statement said. “ICE officers with Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) also wear badges labeled with ERO Officer. They also carry credentials with their name and organization.”

Officials said citizens who interact with the fake agents should ask to see their badges and credentials. If the public suspects something, they are asked to call ICE at 866-347-2423.

FEMA, ICE and the city of Houston issued statements Tuesday informing the public that no one will be asked for papers or ID if they seek shelter from Harvey.


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