CHC Chair Looks to State Attorneys General to Scrutinize Immigration Executive Orders
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham is asking attorneys general from across the United States to scrutinize the new policies and tactics used by immigration officials, and if necessary to take legal action on behalf of their states.
COPY OF LETTER
March 22, 2017
I am reaching out to you, on behalf of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, to express the concerns of our members over President Trump’s executive orders to target immigrants for removal from the United States and build a border wall. President Donald Trump’s executive orders undermine due process protections, create community policing challenges for law enforcement, and divide communities making us all less safe. As Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, I encourage you to hold the White House accountable when civil rights violations occur in [State].
I applaud the attorneys general who filed an amicus brief supporting legal efforts in Washington and Minnesota to block the President’s discriminatory executive order banning certain individuals from entering the United States. Unfortunately, this work is not over. Immigrant communities continue to suffer unfair and unnecessary consequences from all of the President’s immigration executive orders. Mothers with U.S. citizen children have been deported, DREAMers have been detained, and permanent legal residents and citizens alike have been profiled. These individuals deserve swift defense from the highest levels of law enforcement.
I urge you to scrutinize these new policies and tactics by immigration officials, particularly the impact on communities in your state, and if necessary, take legal action on behalf of your state.
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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.