Congressman Adam Smith released the following statement after speaking with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson about the Northwest Detention Center (NWDC) and deportation policy:
“I had a productive conversation with the DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. I spoke with him about my recent visit to the NWDC and made sure he was fully aware of all the concerns that were brought to my attention by the detainees I met with, their friends and relatives, and advocates in the community. Secretary Johnson has visited a detention facility in Texas and plans to visit more in the near future. I asked that he continue to visit facilities and invited him to come see the NWDC in Tacoma in hopes that these visits will lead to a review of policies at detention centers.
“Additionally, we spoke about the issue of deportation. I expressed my concerns about the rising number of immigrants being deported and how this has a devastating impact on families in our community. Secretary Johnson understands these concerns and ensured me that DHS is reviewing all deportation policies, as the President announced this week. I have a great working relationship with Secretary Johnson from his tenure at the Defense Department, and I look forward to continuing working with him in his new capacity on this issue.”