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Fake ICE notices telling people to "report illegal aliens" are appearing in Washington D.C.

Fake notices purporting to be from ICE warn of jail time for anyone who doesn't report immigrants to the department

Matthew Rozsa
June 1, 2017 5:39PM (UTC)

Flyers that have appeared all over southwest Washington DC, which proclaim the area to be a "Sanctuary City Neighborhood," are being officially denounced as fakes.

The notices have the official U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement logo, which could fool people into thinking that they are legitimate. However, Washington DC's Mayor Muriel Bowser has tweeted from her official account that this is not the case.

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Deputy Mayor Kevin Donohue went one step further, urging citizens to take them down themselves.

Not surprisingly, ICE itself has made it clear on Twitter that these notices do not come from them.

The flyer seems written with the intent of intimidating residents of that Washington DC neighborhood into reporting anyone they suspect is an undocumented immigrant.

The author of the flyer writes that "subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who — knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law" to assist undocumented immigrants (which it refers to as "aliens") in illegally residing in the United States. It also says that people who violate these laws can be incarcerated for a maximum period of five years or even 10 years for harboring, encouraging/inducing, conspiracy/aiding or abetting undocumented immigrants in this country.

Finally, the flyer encourages citizens to "report illegal aliens" to ICE and says "they will need to know names, locations (either work place or residence) and any other specific information you can provide."

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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