Congressman John Sarbanes

Representing the 3rd District of Maryland

Ruppersberger, Cummings, Sarbanes Call on ICE to End Alleged ‘Bait and switch’ Practices

September 12, 2019
In The News

Three Maryland representatives are urging Immigration and Customs Enforcement to end an alleged practice of luring immigrants into the deportation process by misleading them into believing they’re visiting an immigration office to discuss a green card eligibility related to marrying a U.S. citizen. In a letter to ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence, the three Democratic congressmen — Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger. Rep. Elijah Cummings and Rep. John Sarbanes — urged the department to end the practice after a lawsuit filed last month alleged that agents at the Baltimore field office were using the tactic. “It is concerning that ICE and [U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services] appear to be coordinating to arrest immigrants attending marriage interviews at USCIS offices,” the three wrote. “Please provide any policies, memorandums, agreements, or guidance between ICE and USCIS related to this practice,” the letter continues.