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CHC Chair Statement on Hardline DOJ Immigration Policies

Mar 31, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement in response to Attorney General Jeff Session’s approval of the Department of Homeland Security’s arrest policy and his expansion of the Department of Justice’s expedited removal program:

“The Congressional Tri-Caucus condemned the nomination of Senator Sessions for Attorney General because we questioned his commitment to protecting the civil rights and basic due process protections of all individuals. Now as Attorney General, Sessions has given license to President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda and is seeking to take it even further by chipping away at due process protections. This week, Sessions expanded a program that fast tracks the deportation of immigrants, threatened to withhold funding from local jurisdictions who choose not use local resources on federal immigration enforcement, and signed off on the practice of arresting undocumented immigrants at courthouses. We are alarmed and will do everything we can to reverse and dissuade these intolerable practices.”

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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