Fake ICE flyers in the nation's capital sanctuary city calling for residents to report "illegal aliens" were ordered torn down immediately by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
The flyers were spotted in neighborhoods on Thursday, according to The Hill, and urged that the "illegal aliens" be reported to Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE).
Balkans Bohemia posted a picture of one of the phony flyers on Twitter, which was retweeted by the mayor, noted ABC News.
Bohemia said he came across the first flyer about 9 a.m. on his way to the train.
"I saw about six posters within a block and a half," Bohemia said. "Some were put up with tape and others with glue. Some of the ones hung with glue are still up because they are proving difficult to get off the pole."
Bowser came to the defense of the sanctuary city.
Bowser made it clear back in January that the Trump administration wouldn't change the city's sancturay stand, at least not with her as mayor, The Hill noted.
“Our city and our values did not change on Election Day,” Bowser said in January. “Being a sanctuary city means we are not an agent of the federal government. It means that our police can focus on serving D.C. residents — protecting and serving them — no matter their immigration status.”
Bohemia said he knew the flyers were fake when he saw the D.C. logo in the bottom corner, ABC News noted.
"Anyone who knows D.C. government knows they are a pro-sanctuary city," Bohemia said.
Federal immigration authorities responded, too.
“The immigration enforcement notices appearing across Washington, D.C., were not issued or sanctioned by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)," said spokesperson Carissa Cutrell.
"Just like false reports of immigration checkpoints or random sweeps, notices like these are dangerous and irresponsible," Cutrell added. "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."
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