Brockton Dem Who Spread ICE Rumor Accuses Media Of Harassment, Asks For Campaign Donations

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The Brockton state representative who found herself at the heart of a firestorm of criticism after she circulated a rumor on social media alleging that federal immigration had planned a series of citywide raids has doubled-down on her decision, telling reporters she still believes she did the right thing.

“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,” Michelle DuBois, a Democrat, said, reading from a prepared statement.

Asked whether she considered concerns that publishing the rumor was irresponsible and a potential obstruction of justice, DuBois was defiant.

“No, I don’t,” DuBois answered. “ICE is welcome to call my office, so please have them do so — I think what you’re saying is hearsay.”

In a statement released Tuesday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials told the Boston Herald that the agency “does not conduct random sweeps” or release information regarding their planned operations.

“Any person who actively incites panic or fear of law enforcement is doing a disservice to the community, endangering public safety and the very people they claim to support and represent,” ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer told the newspaper.

DuBois, after being peppered with questions Tuesday night, admitted that what she heard from “a friend in the Latin community” was still just a rumor and later accused the media of harassment.

“Why are you harassing me?” DuBois said at one point before covering her face to escape the camera lenses, according to a Fox 25 report. “Literally I think I need to get a restraining order.”

On Wednesday DuBois appeared intent on taking advantage of her newfound national publicity by using the incident to solicit for campaign donations.

“We have seen the alt-right’s national attack campaign against Michelle and we need to help her fight back,” her new post claimed.