A Massachusetts state representative is remaining unapologetic after her tip on Facebook about a rumored immigration raid irked federal officials.
State Rep. Michelle DuBois wrote on her Facebook page this week about a rumor she heard from her “friend in the Latin community” that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was planning a raid in Brockton on Tuesday and Wednesday.
She also included the friend’s warning, which read, “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.”
ICE officials later condemned the statement, saying the agency “does not conduct random sweeps” or release information about operations, The Boston Herald reported.
“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,” ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer said.
Ms. Dubois’ comments created 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,” the Democrat told reporters Tuesday, a local CBS News affiliate reported.
Ms. DuBois also admitted that she did not contact ICE before disseminating the rumor.
“My comments were responding to a population who are already fearful of police,” she said, The Herald reported. “Maybe [ICE] should be more open about their plans. … They should call me.”