Federal immigration agents are allegedly terrifying undocumented immigrants by unexpectedly texting them to compel them to cooperate with deportation proceedings before even meeting an agent, attorneys and advocates say.
Immigration experts told Newsweek the strategy, which seemed to start in September, is horrifying immigrants and baffling lawyers because it overlaps with scamming techniques that target the already vulnerable population. The method breaks long-held operating procedure for federal officials and follows a string of fraudsters who pose as Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to scam immigrants.
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One woman in Newark, New Jersey overstayed her visa from Cuba, causing ICE to send an agent to her house in late September. Her brother answered the door when his sister was not home. The ICE agent got his cell phone number and later texted him a
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