Shaheen Welcomes Governor Sununu’s Petition to President Trump on Behalf of NH’s Indonesian Community, Forwards Letter to Senior Administration Officials

October 23, 2017

Shaheen Welcomes Governor Sununu’s Petition to President Trump on Behalf of NH’s Indonesian Community, Forwards Letter to Senior Administration Officials

**This Afternoon, Senator Shaheen Sent Letters to Leadership at DHS and ICE, as well as the President’s Deputy National Security Advisor, Urging Immediate Attention to Governor Sununu’s Letter**

(Washington, DC)—Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) welcomed a letter sent by Governor Chris Sununu (R-NH) to President Trump urging him to intercede on behalf of members of New Hampshire’s Indonesian community who have been slated for deportation. Senator Shaheen has spoken with senior officials in the Trump administration on behalf of these individuals, including the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke and Deputy National Security Advisor Dina Powell. Today, Senator Shaheen forwarded Governor Sununu’s letter to these officials.

“I welcome Governor Sununu’s letter to President Trump on behalf of New Hampshire’s Indonesian community and I hope it receives immediate attention from the President and his administration,” said Shaheen. “It’s important that the President and his administration understand that there’s bipartisan support for keeping these families intact and in New Hampshire, and that we cannot put these families in danger by sending them to a country where religious persecution is a very real threat.”

Senator Shaheen’s office previously helped negotiate an agreement with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to allow these Indonesians to remain in New Hampshire and obtain work permits in exchange for a commitment to regularly check-in with ICE. This agreement was recently reversed by ICE and these individuals have been ordered to leave the country. 

Senator Shaheen’s distribution letters to Trump administration officials are available here.