Congressional Hispanic Caucus Seeks Immediate Meeting with Customs and Border Patrol Acting Commissioner
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham joined other members of the CHC in sending a letter asking for an immediate meeting with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan to discuss the implementation of President Trump's executive orders on immigration enforcement and reports that those orders have led to significant and troubling changes at the US-Mexico border, in border communities and at ports of entry, specifically airports.
The letter states that CHC members want answers to troubling reports of changes to operating protocols and added that “it is critical that our Members receive information on any changes CBP has undertaken or will be conducting in the near future.”
This is the first meeting request that the CHC is sending to CBP but it is the third request that the Caucus has sent to a Department of Homeland Security agency. CHC Members sent a letter asking for a meeting between them and U.S. Immigration and Customs and Enforcement Acting Director Thomas D. Homan on February 11th and a follow up request on February 16th – the CHC is still currently waiting on ICE Acting Director Homan’s availability. Additionally, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and 140 Democrats penned a letter asking for a congressional briefing from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on the agency’s recent enforcement activity.
COPY OF LETTER
March 2, 2017
Kevin K. McAleenan
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20229
Dear Acting Commissioner McAleenan,
We write to request an immediate meeting with you to discuss the implementation of President Trump’s Executive Orders, “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” and “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States”. We have received troubling reports from all over the country that the implementation of these two executive orders has resulted in significant changes in how U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents operate at the U.S.-Mexico border, in border communities, and at ports of entry, specifically airports.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, John Kelly issued a memoranda on February 20, 2017, providing guidance to CBP, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and other agencies on the implementation of both executive orders. We find the guidance in the memoranda to be dangerous and troubling. In the meeting, we would like to discuss specific guidance directed to CBP regarding the hiring of several thousand additional CBP agents, instructions that CBP enter into new 287(g) agreements with state and local jurisdictions, and requirements that CBP develop personnel guidance and training regarding the processing of unaccompanied alien children.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) consists of 30 Members of Congress, of which 20 represent districts in states along our southern border. It is critical that our Members receive information on any changes CBP has undertaken or will be conducting in the near future because of the immigration and border wall executive orders and as a result of the recent DHS implementation guidance.
Please contact CHC Executive Director Alma Acosta at firstname.lastname@example.org by March 8, 2017, to confirm a meeting date and time.
Thank you for your attention to this important meeting request.
United States Border Patrol Chief Ronald D. Vitiello
Office of Field Operations Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd C. Owen
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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.
Carlos Paz Jr.