Pocan Statement on Meeting with ICE Officials
WASHINGTON, DC (September 28, 2018) – U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement regarding a meeting he held with officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). On Thursday, Pocan met with officials from the agency in Washington, DC, to discuss the recent raids in Wisconsin and the agency’s communication with local and federal officials.
“During my meeting with officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, I asked many questions, but unfortunately, did not get many answers. The agency could not tell me how many agents are working in Wisconsin or the 2nd Congressional District, what offenses those detained had committed, the names of those detained or how we can get in contact with them, and whether agents followed proper protocol regarding medical conditions or minors. However, the agency did state that they would investigate these issues and give me answers.
“Here’s what we do know: there is a list of 250 individuals that ICE is targeting in Wisconsin, of which they detained 83 during the raids last weekend. We also know that ICE claims that they reached out to local law enforcement, but we have asked for detailed call logs of who they attempted to contact and when. And finally, we know that the recent surge in arrests is a direct result of President Trump’s immigration policy and that the agency is following his orders. We will continue to press the agency for additional information.”