Kaptur statement on federal immigration enforcement operation in Erie County
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH-09), Dean of the Ohio Delegation, today released the following statement in regards to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) action that occurred at a greenhouse and landscaping company near Sandusky, Ohio:
“We are in direct contact with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials as well as local advocates in regards to the 114 people that were questioned and in some cases detained, in yesterday’s raid in Sandusky.
“My office is working to get as much information as possible and we encourage transparency from ICE officials as this process unfolds.
“In this tense environment created by an Administration intent on dividing us, we want to make sure everything about this action is above board and that individuals are being treated with dignity and respect.
“I know many Ohioans are upset and alarmed by these actions by the government and I share their concern. We hope to share more information as it becomes available. I urge anyone to contact our regional offices if they need assistance at 800.964.4699.
“The tragic reality is agricultural workers are vulnerable and targets for those looking to exploit them. Congress must regularize the seasonal and migrant labor flow across the Americas and we must end modern-day indentured servitude that is all too commonplace.”