ACLU investigating claims ICE agents posed as Mormon missionaries

ACLU investigating claims ICE agents posed as Mormon missionaries

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The American Civil Liberties Union is looking into allegations that federal immigration agents posed as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to catch an illegal immigrant.

A California professor, Jacqueline Stevens, made the allegation in a Dec. 17 edition of The Nation Magazine. [CLICK HERE to read Stevens' article]

In the article, Stevens cited Salt Lake City ACLU attorney Marina Lowe, who says two missionary look-a-likes showed up at a home to confirm a man lived there. The next day Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents came up and arrested him.

ICE, however, says the allegations are baseless, unfounded and untrue.

"The men and women of ICE are sworn to uphold the laws. They do so professionally. They do so appropriately," says spokeswoman Virginia Kice.

She says the claim made by the ACLU hurts ice agents and creates anxiety in the community.

KSL News attempted to contact the ACLU for comment, but our calls have not been returned.


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