No, ICE Will Not Be Patrolling Voting Locations on Election Day

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Close up of the words 'police ICE' emblazoned on the back of the uniform of an Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer's uniform

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.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer wearing a jacket that says 'Police ICE' on the back is pictured placing handcuffs on a male suspect as he makes an arrest

One of the two original, unaltered images used in the fabricated image making rounds on social media allegedly showing arrests being made by ICE at polling locations

A copy of a post on Twitter containing the fake image is pictured below.

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