After questioning ICE raids, ICE cancels meeting with Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Hispanic Caucus
New Mexico’s Michelle Lujan Grisham made the rounds on national TV Monday ahead of a planned meeting to discuss new immigration raids with the acting director of ICE – until he cancelled.
KOAT-TV reported this from the Associated Press:
An ICE spokesperson confirmed agents arrested 680 undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Texas and New York.
In a statement, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the operations have been happening for years, but added that the agency is clear on its mission from President Donald Trump to remove undocumented immigrants who pose a public safety threat.
ICE officials said 75 percent of those deported in the past two weeks were criminals. Lujan-Grisham addressed the deportations Monday in an interview with ABC News.
“This is not a national security issue, this feels more like a huge shift in policy to get to ‘I want to deport 11 million people,’ and we’re going to do everything in our power to stop that,” said Lujan-Grisham.
Rep. Lujan Grisham also serves as chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. She had planned to meet with Trump’s interim ICE director Tuesday.
But he cancelled just before the meeting in the day to allow Republicans to join later in the week.
The Albuquerque Journal‘s DC reporter, Michael Coleman, provided this update Tuesday:
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has canceled a meeting with Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham and other members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that was scheduled for today, the Journal has learned.
The meeting was to allow members of Congress and ICE officials to discuss stepped-up deportations of those unlawfully in the U.S.
Lujan Grisham told the Journal Monday she is worried that the stepped-up deportations, which ICE said is focused on criminals, could be the beginning of a nationwide effort to round up and deport millions of people in the country illegally.
I’m told that the meeting is expected to be rescheduled later this week and could include Republican leaders who did not appear to be part of the meeting scheduled today.