Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) released the following statement responding to President Trump’s threat of ICE raids targeting “millions” of undocumented immigrants:
“President Trump’s threat of sweeping raids against undocumented immigrants is designed to stoke fear and force families deeper into the shadows. The Trump Administration is doubling-down on dehumanizing and immoral mass deportation policies that make our communities less safe. These raids have one goal – to further traumatize vulnerable families.
“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has repeatedly shown itself unfit to care for the immigrants within its custody, resulting in the tragic and preventable deaths of five children in the last eight months. Additionally, DHS is already facing dangerous overcrowding conditions which have put children and families in serious danger. We fear that an escalation of immigration enforcement and detention would have disastrous consequences for the health and safety of immigrants within DHS custody. We wholeheartedly condemn these raids and the trauma they would cause to communities around the country and call on the administration to stop their relentless sowing of fear.”