The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions inviting him to meet to discuss concerns their group has in changes to immigration policies and the "the administration of fair and impartial justice for all," The Hill reported Friday.
HCH members explained in the letter, "In recent months, the Department of Justice has issued a number of troubling policy changes that run counter to this mission and move us away from a more fair and just society . . . Many of these changes are constitutionally questionable and some have been overturned in the courts. Others disproportionately hurt the communities our Members represent."
The letter was signed by CHC Chairwoman Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, D-N.M., and five other House members.
The letter highlights concerns its members have about "immigration enforcement policies" and "police reform efforts" the Department of Justice called for as a part of President Donald Trump's tighter immigration policies.
"At a time when we should be strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and minority communities, we have seen some concerning trends that instill fear and erode trust between local law enforcement and the communities they are charged with protecting," the CHC letter stated.
"The role of the DOJ and Attorney General are not to give license to an administration's anti-immigrant policies but instead to work to ensure justice and equity under the law," it added.
Sessions has said he'd like to see a crackdown against "sanctuary jurisdictions" and the expansion of immigration detainment centers, according to the Hill. In addition, he has indicated he wants tougher sentences for individuals convicted of drug and firearms violations.
"Unfortunately, even as violent crime has surged and overdose deaths have spiked, federal gun and drug prosecutions have fallen in recent years. We will reverse that trend," Sessions told law enforcement officers in Memphis on Thursday.
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