CHC Chair Statement on Attorney General’s Refusal to Meet
Jun 22, 2017
Washington, D.C. - Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham released the following statement on Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General Jeff Sessions declining to meet with the CHC:
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ refusal to meet with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus once again shows that this Administration is not interested in productively engaging Members of Congress regarding policy changes and proposals that impact millions of families. Instead of working with Congress to ensure fair and impartial justice for all, Mr. Sessions has been issuing directives that make communities less safe by driving a wedge between local police and communities. His recent DOJ issued immigration enforcement policies call into question proper due process procedures and civil rights violations that are causing real harm to families and communities. We need an Attorney General that challenges unconstitutional orders and defends and protects the civil rights and basic due process procedures of all Americans, not one that turns a deaf ear to them.”
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus’ Leadership Board, Immigration and Border Issues Task Force Chair, and CHC Civil Rights and Voting Rights Task Force Chair requested the formal meeting with the Attorney General on May 26, 2017 – see letter here: https://goo.gl/d5LYKJ.
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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.