Two Congressional Hispanic Caucus members, Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) and Norma Torres (D-Calif.), were asked to leave the meeting. Apparently Nancy Pelosi & the rest of the House Dem “leadership” just sat there and watched it happen. Sounds like the infamous Saddam Hussein video, or re-creations of public humiliations during the Third Reich. And the re-classification to make being undocumented itself a felony allows ICE to make a target or any and every member of the vulnerable populations.
This is shocking beyond belief …
House RPB STAFFERS – supposedly on the word of Speaker Paul Ryan –
KICKED OUT two Hispanic Dems with significant immigrant constituencies —
while Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the punk-ass House Democratic leadership sat there and watched …
The fact Pelosi and the others apparently failed to register much protest, while in no way surprising, is shocking …
And the fact they haven’t followed up with major media complaints about this kind of treatment
only shows how weak and pathetic and totally without principles the House and Senate Dem leadership is …
And what about the media ???
Doing a search for “luis guttierez congressman barred ice meeting ryan goodlatte”,
I got a whole page of either “inside politics” or web-only sites,
until the last link, to a crappy and incomprehensible piece in the Dallas Morning News …
The fact this has not been in any of the NY Times / Washington Post / LA Times / Wall Street Journal is astounding …
This is a major development.
The RPB leadership is now clearly resorting to “shock tactics”, just like Trump …
And, majoritarian House rules notwithstanding,
apparently Pelosi and Hoyer and the rest of them just sat there and let it happen …
“Two members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) were asked to leave a meeting
between lawmakers and the country’s top immigration enforcement official Thursday.
- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.),
- Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.),
- and CHC members
- Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.), the caucus chairwoman,
- Joaquín Castro (Texas),
- Lucille Roybal-Allard (Calif.) and
- Linda Sánchez (D-Calif.).
- Reps. Nita Lowey (N.Y.), Bennie Thompson (Miss.), and John Conyers (Mich.) were also in attendance.
“I’ve never been in a meeting where an agency can designate who can attend,” said Pelosi, according to an aide …
Lujan Grisham said Homan told the group that
the agency has interpreted new guidance from the White House to mean that
every one of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country could be removed at any time.
She characterized the comment as a “chilling” shift in the federal approach to immigration enforcement.
Trump’s recent executive order on immigration expands the definition of criminal alien
to include people who’ve entered the country without authorization, previously a misdemeanor offense.
“He confirmed that, given the shift, given the discretion allowed in the executive order … it could include everyone,” she said.
“They didn’t say they were going to do it.
He said they could do it — everyone’s at risk” …
RPB Labrador said Dems shouldn’t complain about being left out.
“I don’t get invited to meetings all the time, and I don’t complain about it. I’m a grownup about it,” he said after the meeting.
But CHC members left outside said the exclusion kept them from demanding information relevant to their constituents.
“By refusing me access to information,
they are essentially stealing from my constituents the right to be represented,”
Torres said at the impromptu press conference.
Gutiérrez said they were proud of CHC leadership representing them in the meeting.
“They’re in there fighting for us. We’re very proud of Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership; they’re in there fighting for us,” he said.
“We sent them in there, Whip Hoyer and all of them — we sent them in there to fight for us.
Now we’re gonna stand outside the room.”
Immediately after the meeting ended, Democrats held a formal press conference.
Many Democrats had been highly critical of President Obama’s deportation approach, which they considered too strict.
Just four weeks into the Trump administration, those same lawmakers appear somewhat traumatized
in the recognition that enforcement is likely to get even tougher under the new White House.
“It was hard to not leave that meeting and believe that the Trump administration is going to target as many immigrants as possible,” Castro said.
“The only hesitation they seemed to have was whether they would go after DACA recipients.”
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is an Obama program designed to protect certain undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation.
Trump has not made clear whether he intends to do away with the policy.
“They are only constrained by the resources that they have,”
added Sánchez, former head of the CHC and current vice chairman of the Democratic Caucus.
Pelosi said the way the administration handled the meeting —
first postponing Tuesday’s gathering with the CHC,
then refusing participation by certain Hispanic lawmakers —
was “highly unusual.”
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said. “And hopefully never [will] again.””
Really, Nancy ???
Then why nothing about this from you since ???