KENNEDY PUSHES FEDS ON IMMIGRATION RAIDS
Washington, D.C. – After the Trump Administration undertook a series of coordinated immigration raids across the country this past weekend, Congressman Joe Kennedy III today demanded that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) release the details of their current immigration enforcement and deportation policies.
Despite claims from the Administration that the raids are "business as usual," reports of detained DREAMers and collateral arrests suggest a significant shift in policy at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Just last night, a new report indicates ICE officers arrested a victim of domestic violence inside a Texas courthouse moments after she received a protective order against her alleged abuser. Additionally, there have been reports of new immigration guidance circulated at a high level within DHS but not shared with regional ICE officials, local advocates or the general public.
"An immigration policy that operates in the shadows is not just suspicious - it's dangerous," said Congressman Kennedy. "By refusing to offer clear guidance about deportation and enforcement policies to cities and towns, the Trump Administration is stoking fear, handicapping law enforcement, and undermining public safety. Meanwhile their raids make clear what their lack of transparency might be trying to hide: this is an Administration operating with complete disregard for the rule of law and, most importantly, for immigrant families and the local communities that welcome -- and depend on -- the contributions they make."
In addition to last week's raids, Kennedy highlighted ongoing concerns with the previously-abandoned Secure Communities program, which President Trump reinstated via executive order earlier this year.
"Reinstating Secure Communities adds an additional layer of confusion and ignores the warnings of countless local leaders, advocates and law enforcement officials who say this program is an indiscriminate dragnet that makes all of our communities less secure," said Kennedy.
In the past, Kennedy has urged an end to Secure Communities, which was ultimately scrapped by the Obama Administration.
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