Washington, DC – Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) issued the following statement about recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrests in Southern California:
I am outraged to hear of the recent ICE arrests in Southern California. If the Trump Administration is genuinely concerned about threats to American security, it should prioritize violent felons and others who pose real danger.
My office has been working to get detailed information from ICE, specifically: the rationale for targeting individuals who have no violent or criminal histories; how many people are being detained; how many detainees are children, how many are women, and how many are men; the expected processing time for deportation; in which cities these immigration sweeps took place; how children of those individuals removed are affected; where these individuals are being held; and whether the detainees have documented access to attorneys.
I am working with my constituents and the immigrant community to ensure they know their rights. As this process moves forward, I will also ensure my constituents know what the next steps are, where applicable.
My staff and I stand ready to assist constituents, and I will continue to do everything in my power to protect our nation’s immigrants, who have done so much to strengthen and enrich the United States.
Photos on right courtesy of Rep. Roybal-Allard
and the ACLU. Click to enlarge.