DC councilmember offers help to undocumented immigrants arrested in ICE raids

- D.C. Councilmember David Grosso is offering to help undocumented immigrants recently arrested during ICE raids.

Over the last week, the raids targeted undocumented immigrants in cities across the U.S. that have been deemed sanctuary cities. The raids were carried out in places like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. In the District, 14 undocumented immigrants were arrested.

Authorities say that several of th 14 arrested had previous criminal convictions ranging from misdemeanors to felonies.

“I think if people commit criminal acts they should be held accountable for that and they should be arrested. That doesn't mean that we should treat somebody who's undocumented different than somebody who's here legally and who is a citizen of the United States," Grosso  said when he spoke on FOX 5 New Morning Wednesday.

Grosso said the City Council and Mayor have provided $500,000 annually in new funds for legal services to aid undocumented immigrants.  

"We probably need to put more money behind that effort," Grosso said. "I just think when the federal government goes looking for problems like this, they end up creating more problems than creating solutions for our community."

Grosso called the raids an assault on our communities and urged any of those arrested, or anyone who knows them, to contact his office at 202-724-8105 for legal help.

ONLINE: https://twitter.com/cmdgrosso

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