Feb. 14, 2017 By Hannah Wulkan
Several scammers have been dressing up as Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a means to extort cash out of undocumented immigrants by claiming that they will be deported if they don’t pay up, according to reports received by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, whose office has received reports of such incidents in Woodside, is planning a rally against the scam at 5 p.m. tonight at 65th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, bringing in organizations to speak on the rights of undocumented immigrants, services available to them, and how to respond if targeted by an ICE officer.
Van Bramer heard several reports from constituents who were targeted by fake ICE agents, said his spokeswoman, and one specifically was told that if he did not give the agents money he would be taken in to custody.
Van Bramer has notified the NYPD, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, and the Attorney General of the scam.
The scam is particularly worrisome, Van Bramer’s office said, because it plays off of the fear of legitimate ICE raids that have taken place in the city over the last week, which saw 41 undocumented immigrants taken in to custody.
like he said these people are his constitutents and he will fight tooth and nail for them
This guy jvb has some imagination. I think this is a publicly stunt. The immigrants dont have any money, its a real fishy story
@the birdbrained anonymous underneath me, sir immigrants contribute to the U.S economy they do jobs that U.S born people are to lazy to do because they think they’re too good for it. Then want to complain that they come here and steal your jobs, when the U.S was made on immigrants hard work and low wages. They come to the U.S to provide a better life for their families not to steal anything from you entitled white people. So please educate yourself a little more before you make ignorant statements. Have a blessed night and Let God have Mercy on your soul