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CHC Statement on ICE Targeting Parents of Unaccompanied Children

Jul 5, 2017
Press Release
Washington, D.C. - Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement on reports that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are targeting and criminally charging parents and sponsors of unaccompanied children:
 
“I’m alarmed by reports that the Trump Administration is using a strategy that punishes victims of human smuggling and their family members as a way to deter human traffickers. Oftentimes families have no option but to pay smugglers to protect the lives of these vulnerable, innocent children. Law enforcement should focus their limited resources going after unscrupulous coyotes and human smugglers and assist people fleeing from danger on the front end with safe harbor visas. Instead, this enforcement-only initiative is cruel, morally reprehensible and runs counter to our nation’s values. Moreover, it is counterproductive to building trust between law enforcement and the public, which will lead to less cooperation from victims and will inhibit the ability to prosecute traffickers. There are more effective, smarter ways to target these types of nefarious actors that do not involve detaining innocent family members, further traumatizing children and tearing families apart. DHS should use its limited resources to target actual perpetrators of human trafficking rather than the victims and their family members.”
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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.