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CHC Chair Statement on AG Sessions’ Threat to Cities and Law Enforcement Agencies

Mar 27, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ threat to deny federal funding to cities and law enforcement agencies that in the absence of an arrest warrant or felony conviction do not hold an individual beyond the point at which the person would otherwise be released from custody:

“Attorney General Sessions and the Trump Administration are coercing cities and local law enforcement agencies to choose between embracing deeply flawed and constitutionally questionable policy and crucial federal funding. The Administration should listen to the hundreds of U.S. Mayors and Police Chiefs from across America who understand that federal immigration enforcement should not interfere with strong police-community relations or impose inappropriate burdens on local police officers.”

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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.

Media Contact: 
Carlos Paz Jr.
202.897.7718
Carlos.Paz@mail.house.gov