A meeting between Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Acting Director Tom Homan and lawmakers that was originally scheduled for Tuesday was cancelled and rescheduled for Thursday. ICE coordinated with House leadership, setting up a bipartisan meeting with a limited guest list.
During the meeting, members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) were asked to leave. Reps. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and Norma Torres (D-Calif.) were asked to leave the room, while several other members of the CHC were not allowed into the meeting
Gutierrez said Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) staff had asked him to leave the room. Ryan was not at the meeting.
“It was the speaker’s staff that came to me, and I know her very very well, and she said she was speaking on behalf of the Speaker, that there were a limited number of seats,” Gutierrez said.
Who knows why these hispanic members were asked to leave the meeting, but it does raise a concern that ICE has a specific agenda set up by Trump to dehumanize hispanics.
Many immigrants have decided to protest against Trump’s immigration order on Thursday, calling it “A Day Without Immigrants.” The point of the protest is to show how crucial they are to the American economy.
Trump used his campaign to make up lies about immigrants being “rapist” and “criminals.”