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Congressman Pocan will meet with ICE officials in Washington to discuss recent Wisconsin raids

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement regarding the arrests of 83 immigrants in recent raids conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Wisconsin. On Thursday, Pocan is set to meet with officials from the agency in Washington, DC, to discuss the raids and the agency’s communication with local and federal officials.

“Despite numerous calls to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, my office only learned the details of last weekend’s raids through the agency’s press release. I’m disappointed that ICE did not relay details regarding the arrests to my office and instead decided to highlight a select few cases in outreach to the media. I demand further information regarding the individuals who have been detained with either no prior criminal record, or who have been detained for minor offenses including traffic violations.

“When I meet with agency officials on Thursday, I plan to ask why ICE is no longer focusing on individuals associated with serious crime, as well as why the agency has refused to cooperate with local law enforcement officials during these arrests. Additionally, I will press officials to explain why they were uncooperative with local and federal officials who sought answers both during and following the recent raids. These actions are unacceptable.”

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