WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Several flyers were found posted in a Southwest D.C. neighborhood Thursday claiming to be from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency addressing sanctuary cities.
However, the agency said the flyers do not come from them.
— ICE (@ICEgov) June 1, 2017
The flyers were found in the neighborhood near the southwest waterfront and had the headline "Sanctuary City Neighborhood Public Notice" and listed what appeared to be laws and penalties regarding assisting undocumented immigrants.
— Cam Thompson DCW50 (@CamThompsonDC) June 1, 2017
Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen represents the area where the flyers were found and said he is disgusted by them.
"They have no place, no business being in neighborhood. It doesn’t represent our values, who we are and so I was pretty excited, though, when I saw neighbors being just as outraged as I was. Frankly on my way down here, I saw that a whole bunch of them had already been ripped off," added Allen.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser condemned the flyers in a tweet, reaffirmed D.C.'s status as a sanctuary city, and urged residents to tear them down.
Tear it down!
DC is a sanctuary city.
Clearly the flyer is meant to scare and divide our residents.
— MurielBowser (@MurielBowser) June 1, 2017
Bowser added that D.C. Police and the Department of Public Works have been tasked with removing the flyers.