Rep. Roybal-Allard and Conference Committee Dems Wrong to Propose More Cash, Agents and Detention Camps for Deportation Force

Sheridan Aguirre Press Releases

“Congress should shrink the deportation force and pass legislation to allow the targets of ICE and CBP’s violence to become citizens”

For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheridan Aguirre | sheridan@unitedwedream.org | 202.793.2267

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Congressional Democrats unveiled their latest proposal to increase spending for immigration enforcement agencies.

The proposal comes amidst the Trump-manufactured frenzy over border security as a part of the “conference committee” created to coax Trump into reopening the government. While the proposal includes many much-needed statutory changes, it includes dollars to grow the already bloated and dangerous deportation force. In stark contrast, other Democratic members of Congress have advanced a clear way forward on immigration enforcement to shrink the deportation force.

Cristina Jimenez, Executive Director and Co-Founder of United We Dream, said:

“The new Democratic  leadership must do better than this proposal that would funnel even more cash to the deportation force.

“With 15,000 children locked in cages right now, deaths in detention camps, families being ripped apart every day and the eyes of the world watching for leadership, this “not as bad as the Republican” plan is malpractice.

“For decades, veteran Democrats have wrongly supported budgets year after year to increase dollars for the deportation force. It is time to end the status quo of never-ending growth for the deportation machine and take a stand against these dangerous and highly political agencies.

Instead, Congress should shrink the deportation force and pass legislation to allow the undocumented immigrants who are targets of ICE and CBP’s violence to become citizens.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.