For Immediate Release
CPC Co-Chairs Condemn New Wave of ICE Raids
WASHINGTON - The Co-Chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN), released the following statement condemning the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency’s plans for a new wave of forced deportations that would target Central American mothers and children in the upcoming weeks:
“I am appalled to learn that the administration is planning to target women and children in yet another round of raids that will send chills through immigrant communities across the country,” Rep. Grijalva said. “The people ICE rounds up in these raids are here to flee poverty, violence and oppression in the home countries. What values is this administration espousing by ejecting them back into desperation? My heart breaks for the families that will be thrown into tumult by these raids. Our nation should respond by ensuring these women and children are able to present their asylum claims in court, with full access to counsel and due process protections. My only hope is that the next administration rejects such callous and pointless tactics.”
“It is shameful that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement is in the business of separating mothers and fathers from children, husbands from wives, and brothers from sisters,” Rep. Ellison said. “These families fled extreme violence and poverty, and we continue the injustice by deporting them and putting their lives in danger. This is not who we are as a country. The Administration should cancel these raids and ICE should return to deporting dangerous criminals, not families.”
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The Congressional Progressive Caucus was established in the U.S. House of Representatives in the early 1990s. It reflects the diversity and strength of the American people, and we seek to give voice to the needs and aspirations of all Americans and to build a more just and humane society. The Co-Chairs of the 78-Member Congressional Progressive Caucus, U.S. Representatives Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), welcome your interest in the growing Progressive Caucus.