Democratic lawmaker Michelle DuBois wrote on her Facebook page this week about upcoming Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids that are rumored to be taking place in the area.
Michelle M. DuBois is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She was elected in November 2014 to represent the 10th Plymouth District and was sworn in on January 7, 2015.
In the post, DuBois also included the friend’s warning:
“If you are undocumented don’t go out on the street. If there is a knock on the door of your house and you don’t know who it is, don’t open the door. I ask you to be careful.”
The Democrat included a phone number for the immigrants “picked up by ICE” to call to get legal services.
“I got the following information from my friend in the Latin community: ‘I have a message for the immigrant community of Brockton. Please be careful on Wednesday 29. ICE will be in Brockton on that day.’” she said.
Michelle Dubois‘ comments caused a firestorm on social media, but she refuses to apologize and insists that she wasn’t trying to obstruct justice.
“Passing information along that is already all over the community not only lets the people I represent know what is happening, it lets ICE know that everyone in Brockton is aware of their intended raid if there was one,” Ms.Dubois told reporters Tuesday, CBS News reported.
ICE officials later condemned the statement, saying the agency “does not conduct random sweeps” or release information about operations, The Boston Herald reported.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for identifying, investigating, and dismantling vulnerabilities regarding the nation’s border, economic, transportation, and infrastructure security.
The question is: Is it legal for a state representative to tip off criminals to a planned legal operation by law enforcement?
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