CHC Chair Urges Governors to Protect Immigrant Families
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham sent letters to 16 Democratic Governors urging them to provide immigrant communities with resources and information to better understand and cope with President Trump’s hardline immigration enforcement actions.
As Rep. Lujan Grisham writes, “In this time of increased confusion and apprehension, immigrant families face impossible decisions and hardships. Now more than ever, it is critical that we provide these communities with resources and information that will help them and their families better understand their rights and options. I urge you to use every legal tool within your power to protect these families and to provide guidance and resources for immigrants as they prepare for possible separation from their families.”
Since taking office, the Trump Administration has broadened the definition of those who can be targeted for deportation to include anyone in the country without proper documentation, a departure from a policy that prioritized undocumented immigrants guilty of a violent crime. The American Immigration Council estimates that the Trump Administration’s broader enforcement efforts could affect more than eight million U.S. citizens who live with at least one undocumented family member, often a parent
COPY OF LETTER
April 3, 2017
I am reaching out to you, on behalf of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, to express our concerns with the Trump Administration’s efforts to conduct mass deportations across the country and the detrimental impact these actions are having on immigrant communities, businesses and cities across the country. It has been deeply troubling to see the Administration launch broader immigration enforcement operations, which have resulted in families being torn apart and parents with U.S. citizen children being deported.
It is clear that immigrant parents are living in fear and are under tremendous pressure to keep their families safe. As a result, some immigrant parents are choosing not to go to work, take their children to school, church or hospitals out of fear that they may be detained and deported by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. Unfortunately, it appears that the Trump Administration will continue these ramped up deportation efforts, which will continue to effect working families and children in the state you represent.
In this time of increased confusion and apprehension, immigrant families face impossible decisions and hardships. Now more than ever, it is critical that we provide these communities with resources and information that will help them and their families better understand their rights and options. I urge you to use every legal tool within your power to protect these families and to provide guidance and resources for immigrants as they prepare for possible separation from their families. Moreover, providing guidance and information for families that currently have detained family members would provide some relief for these individuals. I was encouraged to see that Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy compiled a toolkit for undocumented parents in his state. I would like to encourage you to consider working on a similar toolkit that can assist undocumented and mixed-status families in your state.
We have a moral obligation to do everything in our power as elected officials to protect vulnerable communities and children. I look forward to working with you and your state to protect and support immigrant and Hispanic families.
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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.