WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) yesterday sent a letter to U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly about significant concerns raised by community leaders, state and local officials, law enforcement officers and others throughout the last week as a result of President Trump’s recent border security and immigration enforcement executive order.
“We are a nation of laws, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have an extremely important job to do in keeping our border secure and enforcing immigration statutes. ICE also has an equally important responsibility to be transparent in its operations and to clearly communicate with local communities and law enforcement about their policies and activities,” Dingell wrote. “The confusion and anxiety surrounding this immigration enforcement activity is becoming a serious issue among local law enforcement that could harm successful community initiatives implemented to inspire trust and cooperation to improve national security.”
To address the concerns raised in both regularly scheduled and emergency community meetings following President Trump’s executive order, Dingell asked Secretary Kelly how ICE is coordinating and briefing local law enforcement and government officials, how they are prioritizing people who will be targeted for immigration enforcement and what steps ICE is taking to protect due process, among other questions.
“Many other community groups are also being forced to cancel meetings and victims of domestic violence or sexual assault are afraid to report crimes as I learned at a regular meeting with survivors at SafeHouse in Ann Arbor this past Friday. Furthermore, vetted asylum seekers, green card holders and even American citizens with passports are unsure about their futures, and our universities need guidance for serving students who are legally attending school here,” Dingell wrote. “We would also hope that enforcement actions would prioritize people with serious criminal records who pose an immediate threat to the security and safety of our communities.”
Read the letter in full on Debbie Dingell’s Website