By Jeff Horseman, The Press-Enterprise
Posted: 02/16/17 – 8:11 PM PST |

Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, is among a group of Congressional Hispanic Caucus members who said Republicans kicked them out of a meeting with the acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thursday, Feb. 16.

They had hoped to learn more about the recent arrests of almost 700 immigrants nationwide.

According to Torres spokeswoman Anna Gonzalez, Torres made it inside the meeting room before being told to leave by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who chairs the House judiciary committee.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee accused Republicans of acting on President Donald Trump’s instructions by kicking out caucus members.

“Today was just further proof that the Trump administration doesn’t want to hear from people who disagree with them or don’t fit with their version of reality, Torres said in an email.

She said the removal hurt her constituents.

“The people of California’s 35th (Congressional) District sent me here to represent them and their interests before the federal government, and today we were prohibited from doing so.”

According to multiple news reports, AshLee Strong, a spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan said the small bipartisan meeting was “limited to members with jurisdictional interests in immigration enforcement,” at the request of the Department of Homeland Security.

“Members of the (caucus) expressed interest in attending, and to accommodate the request, we welcomed the chair of the (caucus) to join on behalf of the other members,” Strong said.

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