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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Lujan Grisham Demands Immediate Meeting with ICE on Deportations

Feb 11, 2017
Press Release
Lujan Grisham joined by Lofgren, Conyers, Gutierrez, Chu, Roybal-Allard in requesting meeting with ICE officials

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Michelle Lujan Grisham joined other members of Congress to send a letter demanding a meeting with U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement Acting Director Thomas D. Homan to discuss the impact of recent nationwide immigration raids in communities across the nation.

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01) was joined by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Rep. John Conyers (MI-13), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL-4), Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40).

The Congressional members sent the letter on Friday in response to recent raids by ICE agents in at least six communities. While ICE officials claim the enforcement operations are routine, advocates report a clear increase in the number or raids and apprehensions nationwide, which has caused fear and panic among immigrant communities. Congressional members want answers from ICE officials. 

The letter states, “These raids have struck fear in the hearts of the immigrant community as many fear that President Trump’s promised “deportation force” is now in full-swing.” and continues by saying, “Without this guidance, our communities will be paralyzed as students will remain home from school, parents will be afraid to leave children alone and our local economies will be irreparably damaged.”.

 

COPY OF LETTER 

February 10, 2017

Thomas D. Homan

Acting Director

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

500 12th St, SW

Washington, D.C. 20024

Dear Mr. Homan,

We have serious concerns about the recent nationwide U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that resulted in the detention and possible deportation of several individuals.   These raids have struck fear in the hearts of the immigrant community as many fear that President Trump’s promised “deportation force” is now in full-swing.

It is critical that we meet with you in person immediately to discuss the impact these raids have had on our communities as well as obtain clarifying guidance on how ICE policies will differ from the last Administration. Please contact our offices to set up a time to meet at a location of your convenience on or before COB on Wednesday, February 15, 2017.

Our constituents have contacted us requesting information and clarity regarding these enforcement activities as well as ICE’s interpretation of the enforcement priorities as listed in the Executive Order.  As you are well aware, these priorities are vast enough to label any undocumented individual as a “priority” for removal.  We understand that ICE has provided clarifying guidance on this Order in the form of a memo.  It is critical that our constituents have clarity on ICE operations and we request a copy of this memo.  Without this guidance, our communities will be paralyzed as students will remain home from school, parents will be afraid to leave children alone and our local economies will be irreparably damaged.

Immediately after hearing about the enforcement activities occurring in California, Member offices contacted Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and ICE to get information regarding the individuals that were detained and the number of families affected. However, neither ICE nor DHS has yet to provide our offices with any concrete data pertaining to these enforcement activities.  In advance of this meeting, we would like to request specific information about this targeted operation, the location of the raids, the number of individuals detained and deported, the number of parents of minor children that were apprehended, the reason for the apprehension as well as the number of people apprehended with criminal convictions and the types of criminal convictions.

We look forward to meeting with you in short order so that we can have an open and candid discussion regarding changes ICE has made regarding enforcement and removal activities and how this may impact immigrant communities.

Thank you for your prompt consideration of this important matter.

Sincerely,

Michelle Lujan Grisham                                Zoe Lofgren

Chairwoman                                                Ranking Member

Congressional Hispanic Caucus                      Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security

John Conyers                                               Luis Gutierrez

Ranking Member                                          Task Force Chair on Immigration and Border Issues

House Judiciary Committee                           Congressional Hispanic Caucus

Judy Chu                                                                

Chairwoman                              

Congressional Asian Pacific Americans Caucus

Lucille Roybal-Allard

Ranking Member

Subcommittee on Homeland Security Appropriations

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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.