Rep. Zoe Lofgren releases House letter to President Obama regarding rapid, mass expansion of immigrant family detentions

October 28, 2014
Press Release

Thirty-two House Democrats, led by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, released a letter today to President Obama about the manner in which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is detaining immigrant families and its plans to significantly expand family detention in the months ahead. The Members are joining a chorus of Senators in? expressing concerns to the President about these family detention policies.

"At the current rates, within one year this Administration will have increased capacity to detain immigrant women and children by more than 4,000%," stated Rep. Lofgren. " As the law requires, there needs to be a better assessment in place to appropriately screen and assess these women and children, many of whom are fleeing violence, torture or persecution in Central America."

Click here for text of letter.

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