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Houston warns residents to watch out for imposter ICE agents

Authorities in Houston have already warned residents about ne'er-do-wells pretending to be police officers and telling citizens they are under mandatory evacuation in order to rob them after they leave; now, the city is sharing with the public "disturbing reports" that in some neighborhoods, people are also going door-to-door impersonating Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents so they can scare the occupants away and burglarize their empty homes.

Actual ICE officials wear badges that say "special agent," and Houston wants its residents to ask anyone who knocks on their door and says they are an officer to show their badge and credentials. The city also noted that as long as Hurricane Harvey relief efforts are underway, there will not be any immigration enforcement operations in the affected areas.