Chuck Grassley

United States Senator from Iowa

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Grassley Seeks Information on Human Rights Violators Fraudulently Entering and Settling in the Country

Oct 23, 2019
WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking for details on individuals who have committed serious human rights violations and then fraudulently sought refuge in the United States. Today, Grassley sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Matthew Albence seeking information on Operation No Safe Haven V, an operation that targeted human rights violators who were able to enter the United States despite their past crimes. Grassley requested information relating to scale and scope of crimes committed by individuals who were targeted by the operation, inter-agency liaison efforts and how these human rights violators are able to enter and remain in the country.
 
“I am a strong supporter of integrity in our immigration system. I am especially concerned that human rights violators have been able to enter the United States through fraud and misrepresentation and safely settle in this country as if they had never committed such heinous crimes. Human rights violators represent a population of migrants who have committed atrocities, and they must be rooted out and removed,” Grassley wrote.
Text of the full letter is available HERE and below:
 
 
October 23, 2019
 
The Honorable Matthew Albence
Acting Director
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
500 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20536
 
 
Dear Acting Director Albence:
 
            As you well know, I am a strong supporter of integrity in our immigration system.  I am especially concerned that human rights violators have been able to enter the United States through fraud and misrepresentation and safely settle in this country as if they had never committed such heinous crimes.  Human rights violators represent a population of migrants who have committed atrocities, and they must be rooted out and removed.
 
I became aware of the recent Operation No Safe Haven V, which was spearheaded by the ICE National Fugitive Operations Program and ICE Office of the Principle Legal Advisor[i].  We would like to better understand the origin of the operation, liaison efforts, and generally how these human rights violators are identified, arrested, and removed. 
 
Please provide a briefing to my staff on or before November 6, 2019 regarding:
 
  1. The total number of human rights violators arrested and deported under all No Safe Haven operations.
  2. Atrocities committed by these human rights violators.
  3. Additional crimes committed in the U.S. by these human rights violators.
  4. Methods these human rights violators use to enter and remain in the U.S.
  5. Inter-Agency cooperation to locate and remove these human rights violators.
  6. Recommendations to strengthen laws to remove these human rights violators.
 
Thank you for your attention to this matter.  Please contact my Immigration Counsel Drew Robinson at (202) 224-5225 to arrange a briefing on this topic.
 
Sincerely,
 
                                               
 
Charles E. Grassley
Senate Committee on the Judiciary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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