Congress’ Deal With Trump Would Put More Immigrants Into Detention Camps and Deportation

Sadie Hernandez Press Releases

“There is another way forward: we must defund the deportation force and create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Media Contacts
Bruna Bouhid | bruna@unitedwedream.org | 202-850-0812

Washington, D.C. – Congress is preparing to vote on the conference committee agreement that increases funding for the deportation agencies of ICE and CBP. The agreement includes more money for the expansion of immigration enforcement and detention.

Today, immigrant youth took to the Capitol to say that more money for ICE & CBP means an increase in deportation, detention and death and tomorrow we will return to drive the point home with another event.

Greisa Martinez Rosas, Deputy Executive Director of United We Dream and DACA recipient said:

“There’s no other way to spin this: based on current reports, this agreement will mean more money for ICE and CBP and more families separated by detention and deportation. Immigrant youth and our families whose lives are at stake cannot support a bill that gives Trump more cash to execute his racist vision of mass deportation.

For decades, both parties have built up the deportation force – let’s remember there are currently 15,000 children in detention camps and 48,747 immigrants jailed. This deal represents the “enforcement-only” status quo that Washington has been stuck in for too long.

Immigrant, progressive and civil rights leaders have made it clear that offering a little less than Trump wants is no way to stand up to him.  There is another way forward: we must defund the deportation force and create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people.

Polls show that a majority of the public supports citizenship and opposes mass deportation. Immigrant youth and our families have courageously shared our stories and progressive leaders and organizations are aligned around this practical and visionary idea. It is time for Washington to catch up.”

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Background
Last week, United We Dream released a report which exposes deportation force activity through analysis of hundreds of interactions with the agencies as they terrorize immigrant families. READ THE FULL REPORT AT  www.TheDeportationForce.com.