Washington, DC – Today, immigrant youth called on members of Congress to oppose the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill and slash funding for Trump’s mass deportation agenda and the agencies charged with carrying it out. As currently written, the bill would waste billions to terrorize immigrant families. It would provide $1.6 billion for a border wall, and fully fund the deportation agents requested by Trump, along with immigrant detention camps to hold 44,000 people every single day.
Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director of United We Dream and a DACA beneficiary, made the following statement today:
“This insane budget proposal is an anti-immigrant mass deportation wish list put together by Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions and all Americans are being asked to foot the bill. Trump says that immigrant youth are supposed to “rest easy” and Paul Ryan tells us we have nothing to worry about. Get real.
“Ending DACA and adding billions to the deportation agencies are two essential components of the extremist fantasy of forcing all immigrant families into fear and out of the country.
“Instead of giving the Trump administration billions to terrorize and deport us, Congress should be cutting money from the deportation agencies and protecting DACA along with other programs designed to keep immigrants safe like Temporary Protected Status or TPS.
“United We Dream and the immigrant youth movement won DACA and have stopped deportations by fearlessly standing up for what is right and our voices will only grow louder in the days ahead. We are here to stay, and we are here to fight for all immigrants and for the future of DACA.
“Members of Congress should divest dollars from detention camps, deportations and terror and invest their political capital into saving DACA and standing by our families.
“DACA has existed for five years and has been a life-changing victory for me and for 800,000 young people and their families with thousands more joining every month. Since 2012, this vital program, won by immigrant youth themselves, has been under increasing assault from anti-immigrant extremists and we will fight to defend it.”