Skip to comments.Congressional Hispanic Caucus calls for answers on Mississippi ICE raids
Posted on 08/12/2019 2:09:02 PM PDT by jazusamo
Top members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) are demanding answers about the recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids of seven Mississippi food-processing plants that led to 680 arrests.
In a letter sent to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan and ICE acting Director Mark Morgan on Monday, the lawmakers said the timing of the raids left communities in chaos and argued the agencies left children at risk by failing to provide sufficient warning to school districts.
This raid, which is the largest ICE raid in our nations history, is a continuation of the Trump Administrations politically driven immigration agenda and efforts to target Latino families. It is also not lost on us that this operation occurred just days after one of the most horrific mass shooting targeting Latinos in America, they wrote.
The raids took place Wednesday, less than a week after a gunman killed 22 people in a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, that officials said targeted the Hispanic community. McAleenan said Sunday the timing was "unfortunate," but added, "This is a criminal investigation with 14 federal warrants issue by a judge. ICE had to follow through with it. It was already planned and in motion."
Acting Secretary McAleenan, your recent statement noting that timing of these actions was unfortunate is a significant understatement that does not convey the pain many in our communities are experiencing now.
The CHC effort was led by Chairman Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and the letter was also signed by Reps. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.), Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.), Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) and Veronica Escobar (D-Texas).
The group noted they voiced concerns over the administrations announcement last month it planned to move forward with immigration raids, adding they believe they can lead to inhumane family separations and anxieties for both migrants and U.S. citizens.
ICE raids of this scale are not conducted for the purpose of immigration enforcement; instead, their purpose is to instill fear in Latino and immigrant communities at a time when Latinos are already living in terror. These workplace raids decimate communities and target law-abiding immigrants who are just trying to earn an honest living, they continued.
Indeed the law enforcement effectiveness of mass-raid events like these have long been questioned. Instead of targeting undocumented workers with long-standing ties to communities, the Department of Homeland Security should use its resources to target nefarious and serious national security and public safety threats."
The lawmakers are asking the agencies to provide provide information on the costs and source of funding for the raids and the preceding investigation; whether the funding from the recently passed DHS supplemental appropriation bill is expected to be used toward any ICE worksite enforcement investigation and operation (including the one in Mississippi) planned for or ongoing as of July 1, 2019; and the personal information of individuals taken into custody on Aug. 7.
Other questions include descriptions of any ICE requests for assistance or support for at-large enforcement operations from state and local law enforcement or additional agencies for the raid in Mississippi and what plans have been made to house detainees and whether there is a process in place to verify the conditions of temporary facilities.
The lawmakers are calling for the information to be provided by Aug. 30.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is asking DHS and ICE to justify enforcing laws that their US House passed along with the US Senate and was signed into law by the US President.
These sorry excuse for US House members are certifiable.
Answer: They’re illegal and anytime is a good time to round them up. Preferably sooner.
I need to go work for the Gov’t. This is easy.
He should reply They broke the law and they were arrested
Heres the answer CHC. Most were here illegally. They got caught.
Hopefully they will deported soon. And the fact that the food processing
plants are Kock Brother owned... thats another plus in my book.
300 were already released, are they really mad over such a paltry raid? We should have answers as to why 40% of the arrested were let go.
Because they are criminal aliens. Thats why. Entering the country illegally is a CRIME. Wake up.
Why no all in on finishing the Wall and funding enforcement of same?
You mean besides identity theft and the fact that the illegals were getting greedy and claiming like 20 kids and costing the feds billions?
The administration should respond with this justification, “Congress passed the laws that we are now enforcing.” Immediately after they should detain and deport any illegal alien holding political office or working for the states of California, Illinois, and New York in any capacity.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus
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What the Heck?
We have a Congressional Black Caucus.
A Congressional White Caucus? Don’t mention it.
Congressional Female Caucus.
Congressional Male Caucus.
Congressional Some Other Gender Caucus.
(Biden’s third Gender Caucus)
How about a Congressional American Caucus?
If a Congress member can’t be a member of that, [********] rest of comment censored.
I must add:
Congressional Illegal Immigrant Caucus.
Just to triple down on /SSS
All these criminal lawbreaking foreign illegal alien invaders should live in fear and terror.
"It's a good thing!"
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I have one question for these jerks. “Who’s side are YOU on? You’re either for me or against me!”
Yep...Don’t give ‘em any ideas, they’re anti-American enough to do it.
The more the left bitches about ICE the more I want to DEPORT every damn illegal out of our Country. I use to be a little sympathetic to some of the wetbacks that were seeking a job to help their family, but now that many have, with the aid of the left, milked the welfare system, I think they need to be kicked out. I could care less if they have children or not. They must go back to their native home and get in line for a legal immigration.
That’s exactly the way I feel about it.
If they truly want to be here with their kids that were born here they should be deported and come here legally, and support themselves after coming back legally.
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