Tri-Caucus Chairs Call for Hearing on ICE & DOJ Disseminating Misleading & Inaccurate Information
The Congressional Tri-Caucus Chairs -- composed of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) Chair Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM), Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) Chair Judy Chu (D-CA), and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Cedric Richmond (D-LA) -- sent a letter to the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), urging him to hold a hearing and open an investigation of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Justice after a whistleblower alleged that the agencies disseminated and touted misleading and inaccurate information to the press and general public after an ICE operation in California -- a state that has been targeted by the Administration for its vocal opposition to Trump’s immigration policies. “It is alarming and completely unacceptable to hear reports that executive level officials at two federal agencies deceptively acted to provide deliberately fraudulent information to the public. This outright dishonest conduct is deeply concerning and damages and undermines the credibility and integrity of federal agencies across the country… Unfortunately, this is yet another example of the Trump Administration eroding the public’s trust in government and pushing an anti-immigrant agenda that does not square with the facts,” the Members wrote. “In order to restore the public’s trust in ICE and DOJ, we urge you, as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, to (1) open an investigation into the accusations made by ICE Spokesman Schwab against ICE; (2) hold a hearing to question Acting ICE Director Homan and Attorney General Sessions regarding their Oakland raid statements.” See the full letter here.