Massachusetts State Representative Michelle DuBois, a Democrat, is under fire after warning the undocumented community in Brockton of a possible Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid.
“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,” she wrote on Facebook after hearing the news of a possible sweep by a Latinx friend.
While the news was welcomed and appreciated by the immigrant community in her state, law enforcement weren't as grateful.
“This is the most outrageous example of what’s going on across the United States that’s undermining my job and every other law enforcement officer in the United States,” Bristol County sheriff Thomas Hodgson said at a subcommittee on immigration enforcement in Washington, D.C.
Hodgson, who said DuBois “ought to be ashamed of herself,” urged the politician to resign, claiming she broke federal law.
“It’s a felony under federal law,” he said. “She did so knowingly. … We have an obligation to uphold the laws in our community, and that includes federal laws. If she doesn’t like the laws, she needs to lobby to change them.”
DuBois, however, hasn't backed down. She responded to the criticism with an additional Facebook post sympathizing with the struggle of immigrants across the U.S.
“I am an elected State Representative and the response to one facebook post has caused people from across the Nation to inundate my facebook page with some pretty ugly and threatening posts. If this is what happens to an elected representative - what must be happening to immigrants every day in our Nation, both documented and not documented,” she wrote.
The representative continued: "There are many people in Brockton (documented and not) as well as people across this Nation who are terrified. This rumor of an ICE raid in Brockton was wide-spread in Brockton. There have been many ICE raids in the City,” she said. “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 ICE's planned raid (if there was one).”