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Individuals impersonating immigration officers in Beloit, community members claim

Correction: This article originally stated that a comment on this issue was made by Le Voz de Beloit, a Beloit-based publication for the Latin community. The statement was actually made by the president of the Beloit chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens, Jasmine Carbajal.

A number of community groups in Beloit have alleged that individuals impersonating Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers were attempting to conduct traffic stops near the Walmart on Milwaukee Road.

Rumors circulated on Facebook yesterday suggested ICE officers were making stops and arresting individuals near the Walmart. However, Beloit residents soon began to share information that claimed the ICE agents were actually people posing as federal authorities.

Jasmine Carbajal, the president of the Beloit chapter of the League of United Latin American Citizens,  posted a statement on  Facebook: “There were rumors that ICE was arresting people at Walmart. The Police Department confirmed that ICE isn’t in Beloit. However, if you see people pretending to be ICE agents please take pictures and call 911. It is a crime to impersonate ICE. ICE has to have a warrant for your arrest. If there were people arrested today, please make sure there was a warrant or else call the Police Department (608) 757-2244 because it could be fake.”

The Beloit Police Department confirmed to The Round Table they have no knowledge of immigration authorities being in the community recently.

Impersonating a federal agent is a federal offense, which is punishable by up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000.

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