Chairman Crowley on Trump Administration’s Anti-Immigrant Office in the Department of Homeland Security

April 27, 2017

(Washington, DC) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement on the decision to open the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office in the Department of Homeland Security as part of President Trump’s administration crackdown on immigrants.

“Today’s announcement is nothing but the latest in a long line of actions from this administration that demonizes immigrants, spreads falsehoods about immigration, and deflects from the real problems facing our broken system. At a time when DHS and ICE have undertaken deeply troubling deportation and enforcement actions, this office will only feed into an anti-immigrant narrative that has led to families being torn apart.

“In fact, with the administration’s insistence on targeting sanctuary cities that welcome immigrants, they are pursuing policies that make communities less safe by eroding the trust between immigrant communities and the law enforcement officers who protect them. I urge President Trump to put aside his anti-immigrant agenda and work with Democrats on comprehensive immigration reform.”