Majority Leader Van Bramer Denounces ICE Scammers at Woodside Rally
On February 14, 2017, Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer, alongside representatives from Make the Road New York, the Emerald Isle Immigration Center, Catholic Migration Services, as well as Deputy Commissioner at the Dept. of Consumer Affairs Amit Bagga, Denise Keehan-Smith from Community Board 2, and other community advocates held a rally denouncing scammers dressed as ICE officers in Queens.
At 3:30pm on Monday, February 13, a Woodside resident was approached on 65th Street by 4 people claiming to be federal immigration agents and wearing I.C.E. jackets. The group of men gave the victim a choice: give them all the money he had or they would take him in. The scammers walked away with $250.
“After last week’s I.C.E. raids, it’s despicable that scammers are profiting off of the anxiety felt by immigrant communities,” said Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer. “Yesterday, we sent a strong message that these despicable acts have no place in our city. I am committed to protecting the people of Queens and encourage those affected by these crimes to report them, either to law enforcement, or to my office or a trusted community organization.”