#DefundHate Coalition’s Call Remains: Cut Funds to ICE and CBP

Advancing Justice | AAJC and Defund Hate Coalition Partners Denounce Expansion of Immigration Enforcement and Detention
For Immediate Release
Michelle Boykins 202-296-2300, ext. 0144 mboykins@advancingjustice-aajc.org
Elliot Levy 202-800-7409 elliot.levy@berlinrosen.com
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Washington, DC — Last night, details of an agreement by the conference committee emerged that show potential increases to the deportation forces of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including the building of 55 miles of border wall and a massive expansion of immigration detention.

For over a year, the Defund Hate coalition has advocated to members of Congress and to state and local officials to reject Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda and to do so by defunding  the agencies that are militarizing, incarcerating, and surveilling our communities.

In that time, we have made immense progress in centering the role the appropriations process plays in allowing these unaccountable and dangerous agencies to harm our communities.

In the discussions happening over this agreement we can see the impact of this work as the public questions why Congress gives so much money to the agencies that are currently jailing 48,747 immigrants in ICE detention camps nationwide.

We also see progress in the growing number of elected officials who won with a mandate to reject Trump’s wall and anti-immigration policies, and who echo the call to cut funding to these agencies. However, talk is not enough. Members of Congress must also show their posture by refusing to increase money for ICE and CBP and call for cuts in funding.

Responding to this current agreement, the #DefundHate Coalition released the following statement:

“Our bottom lines and vision forward have not changed throughout this conference committee process. The alternative to this agreement and previous proposals is clear: rather than increasing the size and budget of the deportation force, which separates families and loved ones, perpetuates abuse and embeds fear into communities nationwide, Members of Congress must:

  1. Cut, not increase, funding for violent, abusive and wasteful immigration enforcement. Specifically, this means decreasing funds for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and spending not one penny on any border barrier construction;
  2. Create real accountability for federal spending by prohibiting the Trump Administration from raiding other accounts (through transfers or reprogramming) to increase funds available for the wall, immigration detention, and other anti-immigrant programs;
  3. Demand a commitment from Trump, as a key part of good faith negotiations, that he will not invoke a national border emergency, or otherwise undermine Congress’ constitutional ‘power of the purse’ by unilaterally seizing funds from other government accounts toward construction of a wall or any other physical barriers."