52,000 People in ICE Detention Camps; Congress Must Defund The Deportation Force Now

Sheridan Aguirre Uncategorized

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

Washington, D.C. – Today, top Congressional leadership and White House officials met to discuss budget caps and spending priorities. Trump is expected to continue his demands for additional 2019 funding for the detention and deportation force along with increases to DHS’s 2020 budget.

Just yesterday, news broke that Trump’s Deportation Force has detained over 52,000 people and surpassed the current budget that Congress has authorized.

Sanaa Abrar, Advocacy Director of United We Dream said:

“With over 52,000 people currently held in detention camps, the Deportation Force has already bulldozed through the bloated budget given to them by Congress, and yet Trump wants even more money to fund Stephen Miller’s nativist plans to drive our communities out.  

Not a single penny more must be tacked onto the cash pile that the Deportation Force is using to detain and deport our families.

Already five minors have died in CBP custody while fathers like Walter Gozzer in Miami and Edgar Vasquez in Chattanooga have been imprisoned by ICE in detention camps and separated from their families.

The path forward for Congress is clear: defund the Deportation Force and pass permanent protections for the communities that Trump has targeted.”


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.