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Jan 6, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Today, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Linda T. Sánchez issued the following statement on the raids conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. According to the Department of Homeland Security, 121 people were taken into custody this past weekend. The individuals were primarily from Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina.

“Raiding people’s homes to forcibly break families apart is not what our country stands for.  Our federal government should not be separating parents from their children.  As the mother of a young son, it’s easy for me to imagine how traumatizing having ICE agents storm someone’s home and tearing families apart can be for a young child.

“Invading homes is inhumane and adds to the trauma of these families fleeing violence and oppression.  Many recent immigrants from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador are escaping one of the most dangerous regions in the world.  In the past, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has spoken in defense of the unaccompanied minors fleeing the Central American countries.  These minors could be our sons, daughters, nieces and nephews.

“As we begin a new session of Congress, we must find a better way to deal with the recently arrived young children and mothers.  We must ensure that they are informed of their rights and provided counsel. And we must continue to fight for comprehensive immigration reform because it’s the only way we will ever truly solve this problem.”



The Congressional Hispanic Caucus and House Democats sent a letter to President Obama urging him to stop the deportations. You can read the letter here