Newsweek and unnamed immigration expert sources are reporting that ICE
agents have started sending text messages to undocumented immigrants to
get them to cooperate with deportation proceedings. John Schlosser, an
attorney from Portland, OR, told Newsweek that his client, an undocumented
immigrant, was first convicted of a misdemeanor in Multnomah County. An
ICE agent, who identified himself as a officer, texted the man and asked
him to call him back, although the two had no connection and had never
met in person.
According to the attorney, the text message said,
“Please feel free to call me with any questions that you have. I
will need to hear from you soon.” Schlosser said the text message was sent as an initial scare tactic. After
the text, the ICE agent and the undocumented immigrant spoke on the phone.
The ICE agent allegedly continued to scare the immigrant by telling him
that President Trump was considering changing immigration procedures that
would negatively affect him, so he should turn himself in as soon as possible.
In recent months, ICE agents have used other morally ambiguous tactics
to track down undocumented immigrants, including following and arresting
a Lincoln Heights man after dropping his daughter off at work and sweeping
into courtrooms or lurking outside court complexes waiting to arrest illegal
immigrants all across the country. This text message tactic is just their
latest attack on immigration.
If you or a loved one has been intimidated by ICE, you need to contact our
Lake Charles immigration attorneys at Ashley Foret Dees, LLC today. There are laws in place to ensure your
rights are protected. With thousands of cases under your belt, we are
not afraid to take on ICE head-on for you. We have offices in Louisiana
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