If the Democratic party regains control, some members may have plans to go after former immigration officials.
Arizona Representative, Ruben Gallego, recently tweeted out concerning a Washington Post article accusing the Trump administration of denying passports to minority groups.
If you are a US government official and you are deporting Americans be warned. When the worm turns you will not be safe because you were just following orders. You do not have to take part in illegal acts ordered by this President’s administration. https://t.co/BLq48HRkbH
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) August 30, 2018
Other Democratic leaders also took notice of the article and posted their opinions on social media:
US citizens including #Veterans & law enforcement being jailed on suspicion of being Mexican, denied US passports. Trump escalating attacks on US Latinos & people of color:
WaPo: US denying passports to US citizens along border: https://t.co/DPHrVH17Mp #twill #heretostay pic.twitter.com/aZYhY2hT9f
— Luis V. Gutierrez (@RepGutierrez) August 30, 2018
Americans are being held, targeted, and denied their rights because of the color of their skin. This is a disgrace to our democracy and a vicious assault on our community. We must make our voices heard. These families are counting on us. https://t.co/3o5eZmh1gm
— Tom Perez (@TomPerez) August 30, 2018
Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman, spoke to Fox News denying the validity of the Washington Post story.
“The facts don’t back up the Washington Post’s reporting,” said Nauert. “This is an irresponsible attempt to create division and stoke fear among American citizens while attempting to inflame tensions over immigration. Under the Trump Administration, domestic passport denials for so called ‘midwife cases’ are at a 6-year low. The reporting is a political cheap shot.”
Although the State Department claims that passport denials have occurred under President Donald Trump’s administration, there are always situations where it can happen regardless of the administration.
“Individuals who are unable to demonstrate that they were born in the United States are denied issuance of a passport,” the State Department said to the Washington Post.
However, there were multiple examples given where Hispanic persons were denied a passport.