Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS


Jul 12, 2019
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              Contact: Robin K. Chand

July 12, 2019                                                                           202-225-3816

Press Statement


Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Expresses Outrage for the Tactics of Executing Immigration Raids on Families in Houston


Jackson Lee: “Democrats have never supported open borders but only a fair and just approach towards comprehensive immigration reform, which is supported by a vast majority of Americans.  Congresswoman Jackson Lee, a senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee, demands this dangerous approach announced by the President be immediately suspended.”


WASHINGTON, DC –Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, senior Member of the House Committees on Budget, Judiciary and Homeland Security released this statement following the announcement of the pending initiation of the President’s immigration raids in Houston:


“The Administration knows that announcing predawn raids before their execution cannot be an effective way to perform immigration enforcement.  Persons with orders for deportation will appear in court and account.  If this is an effort to secure determined criminals, then it is a poor police tactic.  It is a political stunt.  It has the effect to imperil lives and especially jeopardize the lives of children.  I demand immediate briefings for both the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Judiciary Committee—the two committees of jurisdiction for immigration, so that the House of Representatives can perform oversight and forge a solution to this matter.


“Earlier this week, I visited the border to inspect migrant facilities.  Members of Congress have been halted at visiting these sites.  When those seeking to inspect the facility visit, the horrible conditions in which these migrants are held are altered, migrants are moved.  This appears to be a cover-up.  This is completely incongruous to the details of the DHS’s Inspector General Report from July 2, 2019, which details the horrific conditions in which these migrants are held. 


“Our migrant program is not working adequately.  Mexico does not have the capacity to deal with the migrants.  Moreover, people are waiting in places with poor conditions, ill-equipped to fully deal with the crisis.  These migrants have no place to go and there appears to be no resources to serve these people.  I urge the President to step back from these inhumane policies and pass immigration laws which will address the situation and process these migrants.  This should be done in a spirit of bipartisanship—republicans and democrats, alike should come together to do our duty.


“Under these policies, we are putting the lives of children and babies in serious jeopardy!”




Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security.