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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Outraged After Dismissal from ICE Meeting

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus exists in part to oppose immigration law and enforcement, but that hasn’t stopped them from pretending to be surprised when they weren’t invited to a meeting between Republicans and the director of ICE:

Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) were outraged after they were barred from a meeting with Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

On Thursday, at the request of House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., the speaker’s staffers asked CHC members to leave the meeting, which was about the execution of President Trump’s controversial immigration policy. The Democrats were seeking clarification about the scope of the reported raids and the arrests of undocumented immigrants.

“We are not thugs. We are not gang members. We are not criminals. We are duly elected U.S. Congress people,” Rep. Lou Correa, D-Calif., told Yahoo News. “Each one of us represents about 750,000 people. And for them to deny us, essentially, a meeting to clarify policy is an affront to our democratic system … and by the way, most of us don’t have tattoos either.”

Rep. Nanette Barragán, D-Calif., told Yahoo News via email that it’s absurd for Republican leadership to dictate the terms of their meetings.

“People in my community have been arrested by ICE and I have been asking for answers for days,” she wrote. “For ICE to agree to a meeting, set a day and time, and then at the last minute cancel it, then turn around and schedule it with Republicans instead is wrong. There was no reason for ICE not to have two meetings — a meeting with the CHC and a meeting with leadership. People in my community are scared to leave their home, they are scared to answer their doors. No one should feel this way.”

Given their response to the meeting, it’s no surprise they were disinvited. They had no interest in working with either ICE or Republicans. They simply wanted to use the meeting to stand against the GOP and Donald Trump.