Chairman Crowley Statement on Trump Administration Plan for Mass Deportations

February 22, 2017
Press Release

(Queens, the Bronx, NY) – House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) released the following statement after President Donald Trump unveiled a memo that drastically changes U.S. immigration enforcement and opens the door to mass deportations:

"The Trump Administration's latest immigration proposal is clearly a step toward mass deportations - actions that will make our country less secure and erodes our judicial process by allowing for fast-tracked deportations, regardless of circumstances. Instead of focusing resources on comprehensive immigration reform, President Trump's plan creates a system where individuals seeking asylum are immediately detained, families are forcefully separated, children are punished for fleeing extreme violence, and local law enforcement officers are required to act as immigration agents. We all want America to have a reasonable immigration system that keeps our country secure, but the Trump administration's plan comes nowhere near accomplishing that goal. Instead, it will only make our country less safe and move us further from our value systems."