Undocumented immigrants already live in fear — especially with heightened detentions and deportations under Trump's presidency — but that isn't stopping people from taunting and playing cruel "jokes" on this wounded community.
The alleged "Sanctuary City Public Notice" message in bold letters is hard to miss: "If you see something, say something."
It also highlights the phone numbers to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for people to report any "illegal activity."
However, the ICE agency took to Twitter to confirm that the posters did not come from them.
Carissa Cutrell, a spokesperson for ICE, told BuzzFeed News, "Just like false reports of immigration checkpoints or random sweeps, notices like these are dangerous and irresponsible. 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."
DC mayor Muriel Bowser also took to Twitter to condemn the false posters.
She alleviated concerns by announcing that the DC police department would be removing the fake flyers.
And she also let the residents know that the city is committed to making EVERYONE feel safe and welcome.
In January Bowser said, "Our city and our values did not change on Election Day. 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."
Although both ICE and the DC mayor have established that these notices have been fabricated, it doesn't diminish the dangers of the action that's already taken place.
It also speaks volumes about the tactics people are using to incite panic amongst undocumented immigrants; regular people are really turning into ICE officers.