Fake flyers urging residents to report undocumented immigrants to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency have popped up in parts of Washington, DC.
The leaflets, titled "Sanctuary City Neighborhood Public Notice," have ICE letterhead and note that “harboring, encouraging/inducing, or conspiracy/aiding or abetting” unauthorized immigrants are all offenses. "If you see something, say something," reads the flyer.
City officials immediately said the leaflets are fake, calling them "dangerous and irresponsible," and encouraged people to tear them down if they spot any.
"Tear it down! DC is a sanctuary city. Clearly the flyer is meant to scare and divide our residents. We won't stand for it. #DCValues," Mayor Muriel Bowser wrote in a Tweet.
He also noted that public employees, including D.C. police, are working to remove all of the flyers.
ICE spokeswoman Carissa Cutrell confirmed that they are not responsible for the flyers. “Just like false reports of immigration checkpoints or random sweeps, notices like these are dangerous and irresponsible. 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,” she said in a statement to NBC News.