Brockton, MA - Massachusetts State Representative Michelle DuBois, D-Plymouth, decided she should alert illegal immigrants on Facebook that ICE raids were occurring in Brockton on specific dates.
According to CBS Boston, her Facebook post of Tuesday, March 28, 2017, read:
"ICE raid in Brockton on 3/28 and 29th
If you get picked up by ICE call legal services direct line for immigration help: 774-488-5961
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.
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 Facebook account has a profile picture of her with the American flag in the background, along with her name 'Michelle DuBois'. It is not her official Facebook page. It is her personal page but it lists her occupation as 'State Rep. for the 10th Plymouth District' and provides her official web site.
Brockton is not a sanctuary city.
The post created instant outrage. On Tuesday night, Rep. DuBois said that she didn't do anything wrong. She said that posting the information lets the people that she represents know that she is aware of what is happening, and also gives ICE notice that everyone in Brockton is aware of their intended raid.
She also said that she didn't inform ICE before she disseminated the information, even though it was a rumor and not substantiated.
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said that her actions were "outrageous", and undermined the efforts of law enforcement, according to WBSM. He said that she, as an "elected official, who is responsible for protecting the welfare of the people in their communities, needs to understand that they could be protecting someone who ICE is looking for that may be possibly connected to terrorism, trans-national gangs, or some other horrific criminal history that they’ve had.”
In a statement, ICE said that it does not release information about future operations and does not conduct random sweeps, checkpoints, or raids.
An ICE spokesman agreed with the Bristol County Sheriff and said that “Any person who actively incites panic or fear of law enforcement is doing a disservice to the community, endangering public safety and the very people they claim to support and represent."
The public should be outraged. What Rep. DuBois did is obstruction of justice, and she should be investigated for what she did.
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