With negotiations ramping up before another potential government shutdown on February 15th, Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar are making a bold demand of their Democratic colleagues in Congress: Not another dollar for Trump’s deportation force.
For the last two years, Republicans in Congress have increased funding for the Department of Homeland Security (the parent agency of ICE and CBP), while they have escalated deportations, created more barriers to asylum, separated families, and put children in detention. When at least two children have died in the custody of Border Patrol, we need more oversight, not more funding for the agencies that are responsible.
After Trump shut down the government over demands for his fantasy border wall in December, Democrats held firm, and Trump completely caved. But now Trump is threatening to do it all over again — and might even declare a fake and unconstitutional “national emergency” to justify stealing billions to pay for his wall.
We need Democrats to continue to fight tough against Trump’s border wall. But in the face of grave humanitarian abuses, we must do more to stop Trump’s deportation force.
That’s why we’re urging Democratic House negotiators to stand firm and demand funding cuts to the agencies responsible for family separation, child detention, and other inhumane and immoral border policies.
But time is short. The next government funding deadline is just days away on February 15th. We need your help now to get as many signers on this letter as possible.
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