“They are a cruel reminder of a discredited policy.”
Washington, DC –(ENEWSPF)–January 5, 2016. On Tuesday, Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) issued a statement about the news of hundreds of children and adults detained in special deportation raids by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) conducted in recent days. The raids have reportedly been conducted in multiple states, including Illinois, targeting Central American families who entered the country after May 2014. The Congressman has requested a meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson and the Congressman and other Members of Congress will be seeking answers from the Obama Administration. The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez:
The raids by the Obama Administration on families from Central America must stop. They are a cruel reminder of a discredited policy.
Along with other Members of Congress, I am seeking answers from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson as to why this policy is needed, why it was launched to instill fear in immigrant households over the Christmas, New Year’s and Three Kings holidays, and why family detention centers I have been trying to close are now filling up with new families awaiting deportation.
Rep. Gutiérrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois, is a Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations.