Reports of 'immigration checkpoints' on social media in Cleveland are 'false, dangerous,' says ICE

Updated: Jun. 27, 2018 at 11:34 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Accusations of an "immigration checkpoint" at West 150th Street and Lorain Avenue Tuesday evening are untrue, Immigration and Custom Enforcement said.

Social media was flooded with posts telling people to avoid the area and rumors spread that the checkpoint was operating under a guise to find undocumented immigrants.

ICE said the rumors are "false, dangerous and irresponsible."

Many people accused ICE of using a DUI checkpoint as a guise to look for undocumented immigrants. Cleveland Police confirmed a sobriety checkpoint was held at West 150th Street and Lorain Avenue June 26.

"These reports create panic and put communities and law enforcement personnel in unnecessary danger," said Khaalid Walls, the Northeast regional communications director/spokesman for ICE.

ICE has recently had a strong presence in Ohio, with two of the largest raids happening in June, which could have sparked the panic.

On June 19, Fresh Mark facilities in Canton, Massillon and Salem were raided by ICE and 140 people were arrested.

In Sandusky and Castalia earlier in the month, 114 workers at Corso's Flower and Garden Center accused of being undocumented immigrants were arrested June 8.

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