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CHC Chair Reacts to DHS Sec. Kelly & Deportation of DACA Recipient

Apr 18, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement in response to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kelly’s comment challenging lawmakers who don’t like its immigration enforcement actions to “shut up” or change the law:
 
“The CHC will continue to speak out for as long as this Administration continues to indiscriminately and unjustly tear apart families and incite hysteria. We will forcefully exercise Congressional oversight as long as this Administration offers unworkable solutions and falls extremely short of fulfilling the mission of DHS. Despite a dramatic increase in resources and enlisting the leadership of a decorated military leader, DHS officials can't point to one instance in which they have met the goal of the Department of Homeland Security: to prepare for, prevent, and respond to domestic emergencies, particularly terrorism. Instead, what we’re seeing is DHS agents emboldened by their leaders to target and deport mothers, fathers, and young people for infractions as petty as not having their identification card.
 
“We have refuted President Trump, Secretary Kelly, and Attorney General Sessions’ misleading claims that an enforcement only immigration strategy is the answer to our nation’s outdated immigration system. We will not waiver in our duty to stand with mothers and fathers like Maribel Trujillo Diaz and Juan Escobar whose U.S. children long for their return, and with DACA recipients like Juan Manuel Montes who was heinously and unreasonably targeted and deported in a manner of hours. The Congressional Hispanic Caucus will be relentless in holding this Administration accountable for their immoral actions because fighting for families and for laws that reflect our nation’s values is the right thing to do.”
 
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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.
 
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Carlos Paz Jr.
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