ICE Warns of Reports That People Are Impersonating Agents in Houston


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement put out a statement this afternoon warning people about the “disturbing reports” of individuals impersonating agents in Houston and robbing people.

There are agents currently in Texas helping with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts:

But today, ICE had to put out a statement with advice on how people can make sure they’re not approached by impersonators:

There are 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 these imposters can rob the empty homes. 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.

Members of the public who receive such visitors should ask to see these properly labeled badges, and their credentials.

In addition, these officers and special agents would be conducting hurricane relief operations with other local law enforcement agencies.

Also note that during Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is not conducting immigration enforcement operations in the affected area.

To report suspicious activity or individuals you believe are impersonating ICE officials, members of the public should immediately contact ICE toll free at 866-347-2423.

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