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February 10, 2017

Barragán Demands Answers From Immigration Officials

WASHINGTON, DC –U.S. Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán is demanding answers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on recent raids and arrests of over 100 individuals in Southern California under President Trump’s poorly worded and overreaching executive order, titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.”

In order to better protect constituents and their legal rights, Rep. Barragán is pushing to get a list of the names of the individuals who have been, or are currently detained and how many have criminal records.

“It is disgraceful for agents to go into the private homes of individuals to cause fear on their families and community,” said Rep. Barragán.  “Too many times I have heard from people that their kids are worried and cry at night.  ICE should be held accountable for exactly who they are going after and why.  I will continue to fight to keep families together.”

In a letter to ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan, Barragán said that ICE has failed to provide its agents, officers and members of the public transparent guidance on priorities for arrest and removal.  Barragán cited previous executive orders issued in 2014 that provided clear and specific guidance to the men and women who execute the orders.  Those memos seem to have been erased from ICE’s guidance.

Furthermore, Barragán wrote that these “anti-immigrant actions taken by the Trump Administration could undermine public safety efforts that require close cooperation between the affected communities and law enforcement.”

Text of Rep. Barragán’s letter below:

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