Defund Hate: Immigrant Communities Face Constant Risk of Family Separation and Deportation Under ICE & CBP. We Must Divest From These Agencies Immediately.

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Washington, D.C. – A recent draft report from the Justice Department’s inspector general revealed that former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were “a driving force” in separating immigrant families under Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy.

The watchdog report said that the former Justice Department officials advised U.S. attorneys along the border to intentionally separate children, some as young as four months old, from their parents while they underwent deportation proceedings. At least 5,000 families were separated under Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy which began in 2017 and was struck down by a federal judge in 2018.

The Defund Hate Coalition issued the following statement:

“Under the U.S. immigration system, immigrant communities have faced constant abuse, while the agencies directly responsible for carrying out these atrocities walk away with no accountability, and continue getting billions in funding. While a federal judge ended Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy in 2018, we have seen how ICE and CBP continue to separate children from their parents. Most recently, ICE used COVID-19 as an excuse to detain children in hotel rooms. Meanwhile, because of systemic medical neglect by ICE, the virus continues to run rampant inside ICE facilities, killing eight immigrants to date.

These horrors must stop. It’s past time to hold each individual and agency accountable for these human rights violations. Right now, ICE is terrorizing immigrants by targeting and conducting raids in sanctuary cities across the country and has detained 128 immigrants in California alone. These attacks will continue and immigrant lives will remain at risk the more these agencies are funded. Cutting funding for ICE and CBP is a critical and necessary step in stopping atrocities. Politicians who continue to funnel more money to these agencies are complicit in these injustices.”


The #DefundHate campaign, composed of organizations representing directly impacted communities, faith leaders, and civil rights and immigrant rights advocates, is committed to divestment from agencies that tear apart our families and terrorize our communities. For too long, our representatives have said they care about our communities while simultaneously funding aggressive immigration enforcement and deadly immigration jails. They must be held accountable to keep their promises and stand with the immigrant community. We call on our members of Congress to say no and vote against wasting taxpayer dollars on an abusive and deadly immigration enforcement system. Instead, we want our tax dollars used to strengthen our families and communities by investing in education, housing, nutrition and health care programs that provide opportunity and increase well-being.