ICE accused of lying about immigration raids

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When the Oakland mayor tipped off northern California about planned immigration raids, it caused a huge controversy over the number of people detained.

The chairs of the Congressional Hispanic, Black and Asian Pacific American caucuses want an investigation. They claim the Department of Justice put out false information after an ICE raid earlier this year.

“It was meant to create a discriminatory response by Americans about immigrant individuals and immigrant families,” Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, said.

In late February, the Oakland mayor tipped off communities about planned ICE raids.  The administration said because of that more than 800 wanted criminals got away.

That lead to an ICE spokesman abruptly resigning.

He said he was instructed to relay false information and imply people in immigrant communities were criminals.

There is little evidence the people ICE targeted even had criminal records.

“The fact that they’ve said that no Dreamers, nobody is being unfairly singled out or deported we don’t believe is accurate,” Rep. Grisham said.

“The best thing that ICE can do is assure people in our country that they’re only removing the most violent among us,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California) said.

In March, a group of senators including California’s Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein, sent a letter to the Inspector General asking for an inquiry into accuracy of statements released by the Department of Justice and the Trump Administration.

The Inspector General responded last week saying because of workload “we are unable to address this issue at this time.”

Now the caucus chairs are asking for the House Committee on Oversight and Government reform to investigate. 

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