Sarbanes, Cummings, Ruppersberger Demand ICE Cease Predatory Bait and Switch Practices

Congressmen John Sarbanes, Elijah E. Cummings and Dutch Ruppersberger (all D-Md.) today sent a letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Acting Director Matthew T. Albence, requesting that ICE immediately cease the predatory bait and switch tactics to arrest immigrants that are attending interviews as part of their lawful immigration process related to their marriage to a U.S. citizen at the Baltimore U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) office.

“We request that ICE immediately cease this predatory bait and switch practice that prevents immigrants from accessing the legal immigration process and cruelly separates families,” the Members wrote. “It is concerning that ICE and USCIS appear to be coordinating to arrest immigrants attending marriage interviews at USCIS offices. Please provide any policies, memorandums, agreements or guidance between ICE and USCIS related to this practice.”