Statement of Senator Lara on Trump Administration’s Indiscriminate Deportation Policies

May 18, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA – Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) released this statement in response to reports that the Trump Administration’s indiscriminate deportation policies have increased arrests by 38% since 2016:

“When the head of ICE says that ‘there is no category of aliens off the table’ for deportation, he is talking about grandparents, parents, and children. Many undocumented immigrants have U.S. citizen and legal resident children and other family members. How does tearing apart families make American great?

“President Trump, whose own grandfather became an American after he was deported from Germany, has learned no lessons from American history or his own family’s history.

“Trump’s immigration policies do not reflect the America where I was born, and California will not hesitate to protect the rights of all our residents.”