Rumors that have been circulating which implied that a federal agency would be patrolling polling locations on election day are false according to an agency spokesperson.
The rumors started over flyers that had been discovered along with at least one fake image circulating on social media.
A flyer found recently in Milwaukee triggered some of the concerns because it had a Department of Homeland Security logo on it and claimed that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials would be patrolling voting locations, presumably in search of illegal immigrants looking to vote. The flyer also included a phone number “to report illegal aliens” that redirected to the DHS’ investigations tip line.
Nicole Alberico, a spokeswoman for ICE, said the flyers were fake.
“Rumors that ICE plans to engage in patrols or enforcement operations at polling locations are false,” Alberico wrote in a statement. “Any flyers or advertisements claiming otherwise are incorrect and not sanctioned by ICE.”
A fabricated image was also making the rounds on social media reportedly showing an ICE officer arresting somebody at a voting location.
Electionland reported that the image is a Photoshopped composite of two legitimate images, one which is an AP photo of a polling location and the other which is a non-copyrighted photo from Wikimedia Commons showing an ICE agent making an arrest. The latter is pictured below.