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Chairwoman Roybal-Allard Writes to ICE Acting Director About Upcoming ICE Raids

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Washington, July 12, 2019 | Ben Soskin ((202) 225-1766) | comments
Today, Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) sent a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Matthew Albence expressing her concern about reported immigration enforcement raids planned for this weekend.  The chairwoman’s letter calls for the written policies and procedures that the acting director uses to ensure that ICE personnel treat children, families, and other vulnerable populations with humanity, dignity, and respect, and to ensure that due process is afforded to all migrants.  The letter also calls on the agency to ensure that immigrants have meaningful access to legal counsel before being deported from the United States, and that they understand their rights and responsibilities as they relate to their immigration proceedings.

“To ensure that those who are fleeing persecution receive the refuge that we are both morally obligated and legally bound to provide under our asylum laws, ICE must do more to ensure that enforcement processes and activities are not impediments to providing due process to asylum seekers,” Chairwoman Roybal-Allard wrote in her letter. 

The letter also announces the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing on July 25, 2019, to which Acting Director Albence is invited as a witness to discuss the Trump Administration’s immigration enforcement actions.

A copy of the letter is viewable here.

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