Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on DHS Removal Operations
Today, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) issued the following statement about the Department of Homeland Security’s apprehension of migrant women and children:
“I am deeply disappointed in the harsh enforcement tactics the Department of Homeland Security is using to apprehend vulnerable migrant women and children. At a time when DHS is attempting to rebuild a relationship with Latino communities, the invasion of people’s homes and neighborhoods sows fear and distrust, and subjects migrant women and children to further trauma.
“Many of the individuals targeted by DHS fled violence and terror in their home countries, and made the difficult journey to our nation because it was the only way to protect themselves and their families. Throughout America’s history, our country has been a safe haven for those seeking asylum. We should not turn our backs on these women and children or attempt to deter them in their moment of greatest need.
“I am also greatly concerned that the people who have been targeted in DHS removal operations have been unable to fully present their case for asylum due to a lack of legal representation or inadequate representation. In keeping with our immigration laws, removal from the country is sometimes required at the conclusion of immigration court proceedings, but our government should have absolute confidence that due process has been afforded to the women and children seeking our nation’s protection, and that returning these vulnerable populations to their home countries will not place them back in harm’s way.”