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Rep. Roybal-Allard Statement on DHS Cancellation of ICE Meeting with House Members

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Washington, February 14, 2017 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) issued the following statement about the Department of Homeland Security’s cancellation of today’s scheduled meeting that she and other House Members had requested with the leadership of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):

“I am extremely disappointed and concerned that DHS canceled today’s scheduled meeting that I and several of my House colleagues requested with ICE leadership.  Frankly, ICE’s failure to meet and provide us with important information regarding ICE’s recent wave of arrests raises serious questions about the transparency of the agency’s activities.

“ICE has a responsibility to provide Members with a full and clear accounting of the arrests and to answer questions about specific incidents reported by our constituents.  The recent ICE actions have created fear and panic in our communities.  Our constituents worry about what these arrests could mean for them, their families, and their friends.  It is essential that Members of Congress know the facts about these enforcement activities in order to properly inform our constituents, who deserve truth and transparency from ICE.

“I urge Acting Director Homan to meet with my colleagues and me immediately.  This meeting will enable us to share our concerns and have our questions answered to better respond to our constituents.”

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