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Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter

Representing the 1st District of New Hampshire

Shea-Porter: The Continued Detention of Etty Tham by ICE is Unconscionable and Must End Immediately

September 18, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement today on the continued ICE detention of Portsmouth resident Etty Tham:

“The continued detention of Etty Tham by ICE is unconscionable and must end immediately. ICE’s detention of Ms. Tham is completely unwarranted; it explicitly ignores the request of Chief Judge Patti Saris to release her; and it is a disturbing departure from how ICE usually handles these types of cases. A Christian of Chinese descent, Ms. Tham faces considerable danger if she is deported to Indonesia, the country she fled in 2000 due to extreme persecution. ICE must release Ms. Tham immediately and allow her to stay with her family while all available avenues for permanent residency are pursued. This egregious miscarriage of justice must end now.”