Massachusetts Sate Representative Michelle DuBois has been the top of much debate since she decided to circumvent Immigration and Customs Enforcement by putting out this Facebook post.
The post, which has since been deleted, read:
ICE raid in Brockton on 3/28 and 29th If you get picked up by ICE call legal services direct line for immigration help: 774-488-5961 I got the following information from my friend in the Latin community: “I have a message for the immigrant community of Brockton. Please be careful on Wednesday 29. ICE will be in Brockton on that day. If you are undocumented don’t go out on the street. If there is a knock on the door of your house and you don’t know who it is, don’t open the door. I ask you to be careful.”
Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told a U.S. House subcommittee on March 28th that DuBois’ actions “completely undermines law enforcement.” In an interview with the Brockton Enterprise, Hodgson further explained that Dubois’ actions put law enforcement “at risk” and suggested that she resign.
However, despite all of this, in a statement to CBS Boston, DuBois stands by her actions and did not think her post could be considered evidence of obstruction of justice. Though she did admit that she did not contact ICE about the rumors before posting her message.
“Passing information along that is already all over the community not only lets the people I represent know what is happening. It lets ICE know that everyone in Brockton is aware of their intended raid if there was one,” she told the station.
Sheriff Thomas Hodgson says that he believes DuBois broke federal law by helping conceal or harbor those in the U.S. illegally:
“It’s a felony under federal law,” Hodgson told the Enterprise. “She did so knowingly. … Frankly, she took the same oath that all of us in government take. We have an obligation to uphold the laws in our community, and that includes federal laws. If she doesn’t like the laws, she needs to lobby to change them.”
There’s a lot that someone could say about this particular case, but honestly, if you don’t have a problem with lawmakers committing felonies, I don’t think there’s much I could say that would help you.