Nydia Velázquez Wants ICE and CBP to Stop Impersonating Police
ICE officers can't enter someone's residence without a warrant. When they don't have a warrant, they sometimes describe themselves as police officers to get people to let them in the door. Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) is pushing for a new law to stop this practice. The Combating Deceptive Immigration Enforcement Practices Act would prohibit immigration officers from wearing any clothing bearing the word “police,” including CBP officers. “Due to this President’s heartless policies and hateful rhetoric, immigrant communities are on edge, living in fear of deportation and detention,” said Velázquez. “As we continue opposing the threat of raids and mass deportation, we must also prevent practices which foster distrust between police officers and immigrant communities, such as when ICE agents misidentify as police.” ICE planned to sweep major cities on Sunday in a series of raids as part of an effort to detain 2,000 immigrants who have been issued final orders of removal. The agency said they would raid cities including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and San Francisco beginning Sunday. Because of Tropical Storm Barry, the raids on New Orleans and Houston will reportedly be postponed. However, some immigrants fear shelters working with federal officials and may be riding out the storm. More on Velazquez’s bill here.