Join us for this national Indivisible action on Friday the 13th!
Immigrant families are under an all-out assault. From caging children and families at the border and refusing them access to basic necessities like showers and toothbrushes to attempting to illegally block asylum, this administration has focused its resources on maximizing trauma on immigrant communities. Fueled by racism, hatred, and fear, the Trump administration has continued to pursue these unpopular and harmful policies, and Congress has continued to fund each and every one.
Mere weeks before Congress is set to return from August recess and debate funding for government agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), ICE is making a move to steal funds from other agencies just like they did in 2018.
ICE uses its “transfer and reprogramming authority,” which is its ability to take funds from other agencies within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to expand its detention and deportation activities. That’s one reason that a key ask for the Defund Hate campaign is to prohibit ICE and CBP from raiding other agency's accounts by specifically including language in the DHS funding bill that blocks this practice.
It is unacceptable that ICE is subverting Congress’s authority to decide how much funding they should receive. That they are doing so in order to expand their abuses, such as conducting raids like the one that separated families in Mississippi or caging people indefinitely in concentration camps, makes it even worse. That’s why we need Democrats to fight back in September by ending ICE’s transfer and reprogramming authority once and for all.
You can fight back by telling your Members of Congress (MoC) to:
- Pass a fiscal year 2020 spending bill that finally puts an end to DHS’s ability to manipulate the appropriations process to expand the immigration detention and deportation systems.
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