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Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus asked two top immigration officials for details about the illegal immigration raids that led to the arrest of 680 people.
“This raid, which is the largest [Immigration and Customs and Enforcement] raid in our nation’s history, is a continuation of the Trump Administration’s politically driven immigration agenda and efforts to target Latino families,” read a portion of a letter they sent Monday to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan and Acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan.
“ICE raids of this scale are not conducted for the purpose of immigration enforcement; instead, their purpose is to instill fear in Latino and immigrant communities at a time when Latinos are already living in terror,” the Hispanic lawmakers continued. “These workplace raids decimate communities and target law-abiding immigrants who are just trying to earn an honest living.”
Democratic Reps. Joaquin Castro and Veronica Escobar of Texas, Ruben Gallego of Arizona, Nanette Diaz Barragan of California and Adriano Espaillat of New York signed the message. Castro, the twin brother of Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro, serves as the caucus chair.
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) look on after executing search warrants and making some arrests at an agricultural processing facility in Canton, Mississippi. (Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Handout/Reuters)
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