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CHC Demands Meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions

May 26, 2017
Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Members of the CHC sent a letter to Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General Jeff Sessions inviting him to a meeting to discuss the many concerns Members have with recent DOJ policy changes.
 
As stated in the letter, “In recent months, the Department of Justice has issued a number of troubling policy changes that run counter to this mission and move us away from a more fair and just society…Many of these changes are constitutionally questionable and some have been overturned in the courts. Others disproportionately hurt the communities our Members represent.”
 
The Members added, “The role of the DOJ and Attorney General are not to give license to an administration’s anti-immigrant policies but instead to work to ensure justice and equity under the law. Now more than ever, we need an Attorney General that challenges unconstitutional orders and defends and protects the civil rights and basic due process procedures of all Americans.”
 
The letter was signed by: CHC Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham; CHC First-Vice Chair Rep. Joaquin Castro; CHC Second-Vice Chair Rep. Ruben Gallego; CHC Whip Rep. Pete Aguilar; CHC Immigration and Border Issues Task Force Chairman Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez; and CHC Civil Rights and Voting Rights Task Force Chairman Rep. Darren Soto.
 
COPY OF LETTER
 
May 26, 2017
 
Jeff Sessions
Attorney General of the United States
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001
 
Dear Attorney General Sessions,
 
We write to invite you to meet with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss our concerns with recent policy changes the Department of Justice (DOJ) has implemented.  As a nation founded on the principle that we are all created equal, the Department of Justice plays the critical role of ensuring that our nation continues to abide by this fundamental principle through the administration of fair and impartial justice for all.   
 
Unfortunately, in recent months, the Department of Justice has issued a number of troubling policy changes that run counter to this mission and move us away from a more fair and just society.  Most recently, the DOJ ordered a review of police reform efforts that seek to hold local law enforcement accountable, issued immigration enforcement policies that raise concerns about proper due process procedures and civil rights violations, and issued regressive changes to criminal justice reform efforts.  Many of these changes are constitutionally questionable and some have been overturned in the courts.  Others disproportionately hurt the communities our Members represent.
 
At a time when we should be strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities, we have seen some concerning trends that instill fear and erode trust between local law enforcement and the communities they are charged with protecting. 
 
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus would like to meet with you to discuss these concerns.  The role of the DOJ and Attorney General are not to give license to an administration’s anti-immigrant policies but instead to work to ensure justice and equity under the law. Now more than ever, we need an Attorney General that challenges unconstitutional orders and defends and protects the civil rights and basic due process procedures of all Americans.
 
Thank you for your attention to this meeting request. Please contact CHC Executive Director Alma Acosta at alma.acosta@mail.house.gov to confirm your availability.
 
Sincerely,
 
Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, CHC Chairwoman
Rep. Joaquin Castro, CHC First-Vice Chair
Rep. Ruben Gallego, CHC Second-Vice Chair
Rep. Pete Aguilar, CHC Whip
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, CHC Immigration and Border Issues Task Force Chairman
Rep. Darren Soto, CHC Civil Rights and Voting Rights Task Force Chairman
 
 
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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.