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CHC Chair Statement on Reprehensible ICE Enforcement Activity

Mar 4, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement on reprehensible examples of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) use of expedited removals, apprehensions at sensitive locations, and the deportation of individuals without violent criminal records: 

"We are incensed but not surprised by the flagrant contradiction in President Trump's rhetoric and actions on immigration. His proud boasts to focus on the deportation of hardened criminals are falsehoods. The American people are now seeing first-hand how his failed immigration policies are tearing apart families. 

"Under President Trump's Administration, ICE has cruelly and indiscriminately targeted and deported mothers, fathers, people without criminal records, people brought to America as children, and local business owners. 

"We support law enforcement efforts to address violent crime. But we do not support immigration policies which give federal agencies unchecked power to conduct mass deportations and disregard due process protections. We should work on comprehensive immigration policies that keep families together and keep intact the protections in our constitution."

  • Daniela Vargas, a 22-year-old who was brought to America when she was 7, was arrested by ICE after holding a press conference to speak about her fear of deportation.
  • A father, dropping his daughter off an elementary school, was arrested by ICE.
  • Guadalupe García de Rayos, a mother of two who had checked in with immigration officials for almost a decade, was separated from her children and husband by ICE and sent to Mexico.
  • Martha Pina, a mother who herself was brought to America as a child over 40 years ago, was arrested by ICE in front of her daughter and family.
  • Manuel Mosqueda, a 50-year-old house painter, was put on a bus and sent back to Mexico while ICE agents were looking for somebody else.
  • Sergio, a father of two without a criminal record, arrested by ICE as he and his wife headed to work early in the morning, and taken 300 miles away from his family without money or extra clothes.
  • A father, dropping his son off at an elementary school, was arrested by ICE.
  • man without a criminal record, engaged to be married, dragged out of his fiancé’s home by ICE.
  • A barber and local business owner without criminal records were arrested by ICE agents in the parking lot of a Walgreens drug store.

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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