by: Manuel Bojorquez Updated:
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA - Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials have launched an internal investigation into allegations of improper conduct at a Gwinnett County apartment but it's unclear whether the allegations are about an actual agent or an impostor.
Residents who live in an apartment complex along Old Norcross Tucker Road told officials someone questioned them without just cause, and in some cases, threatened deportation.
The complex management even sent out a warning to its residents about the incidents, concerned that the supposed agent could be up to no good, since some residents reported being robbed.
A memo states, "You do not have to open the door. Please use caution."
It's not clear whether the incidents are connected or exactly who residents are complaining about.
Immigration officials released a statement to Channel 2 Action News that said, "The ICE Office of Professional Responsibility is conducting an internal investigation into allegations involving improper conduct by a possible employee of the Atlanta Field Office and/or an impostor posing as a federal officer."
Officials told Channel 2’s Manuel Bojorquez that since the case is ongoing, no further information would be released.
Teodoro Maus, president of the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, said this is the kind of case that worries him.
"I'm really upset, flabbergasted," he told Bojorquez.
Part of his organization's work is to inform people about their rights, regardless of legal status.
"What we tell them is, ‘Don't show anything unless they show you a warrant (or) unless they show you a reason for why they're knocking on your door,’" Maus said.
The organization has fliers explaining what people should and should not do when questioned by authorities. Maus worries about possible abuse of power by agents, or the motives of impersonators.
ICE officials vowed to carry out a thorough investigation, saying the agency takes these allegations very seriously.