Sanctuary State: One Democratic lawmaker took things in her own hands when she discovered that ICE officials were planning raids in her state. And, she says she’s not sorry for it.
Tuesday, Massachusetts State Representative Michelle DuBois took to Facebook to warn local illegal immigrants about possible upcoming ICE raids. A WBZ-TV reporter asked DuBois if she understands how her actions make it look as though she’s helping people obstruct justice. Her reply?
“No, I don’t.”
The Brockton-based Democratic state representative went out of her way to defend her Facebook posts. Each one warned illegal immigrants in Massachusetts about rumored ICE raids and sweeps in her area.
Michelle DuBois even went so far as to post instructions for the Massachusetts illegal aliens. She schooled the ones wanted for criminal charges on just what to do if ICE comes to the door.
This move has officially placed Massachusetts on the list of sanctuary states here in the U.S.
“ICE is welcome to call my office so please have them do so,” she told WBZ correspondent Louise Moller who asked her about the agency’s statement about endangering the public. “What you’re saying is hearsay.”
The message from the post by DuBois was forwarded from her “friend in the Latin community,” but she said she did not see her actions as simply spreading rumors.
“It’s information in my community,” 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 their intended raid, if there was one,” DuBois read from a statement.
But ICE officials said it “does not conduct random sweeps” and ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer criticized DuBois’ actions as inciting “panic or fear.”
“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,”
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson called the lawmaker’s action “outrageous” and said it is “undermining my job and every other law enforcement officer in the United States.”