Officials in Houston are warning residents about robbers posing as Homeland Security special agents. They said Tuesday that they have "received disturbing reports of people impersonating Homeland Security special agents," reports the New York Post. Those agents would tell them they were there to help them evacuate; they would then rob the house.
If anyone knocks on your door claiming to be a special agent, the city of Houston advises the homeowner to ask for official badges. They should also ask for credentials with the person's name and organization.
“Members of the public who receive such visitors should ask to see these properly labeled badges, and their credentials.”
“Real HSI officials wear badges that are labeled ‘special agent,’ which members of the public can ask to see and verify,” said the organization. These officers and special agents will be in the area conducting hurricane relief operations with other local law enforcement agencies, but they can properly identify themselves.
Likewise, they added that "ICE officers with Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) also wear badges labeled with ERO Officer. They also carry credentials with their name and organization.”
However, they don't want people to be concerned about immigration at this time. The city’s statement notes that during Harvey relief efforts, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will not conducting immigration enforcement operations in areas impacted by the tropical storm.
The City of Houston also said in a tweet—sent in both English and Spanish—that contrary to a rumor, they are not checking the immigration status of anyone coming into shelters.
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