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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman Joaquin Castro Response to Nielsen Letter

Mar 29, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTONCongressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman of the Hispanic Caucus, released the following statement in response to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen’s letter to Congress:

“This Administration has acted in bad faith when it comes to immigration and asylum policies. The Department of Homeland Security policies have exacerbated the humanitarian crisis at the border, and now Secretary Nielsen has put forth a list of proposals that will continue to hurt asylum seekers and deepen the crisis. These sweeping policy changes run contrary to our American values.

“The Hispanic Caucus has requested a meeting with Secretary Nielsen to seek answers for her Department’s actions that have sabotaged our ability to humanely process migrants at the border without causing irreparable trauma to thousands of families. We will not stand for the incarceration of immigrant families, the hasty deportation of children without due process, or the elimination of due process protections generally for migrants.

“As we move forward, we will hold the Trump Administration accountable and work to address this humanitarian crisis with sensible and just policies.”

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.