Trump Demands Billions To Cause Misery for Immigrants

Members of Congress Must Reject Plan to Warehouse Over 45,000 In Detention Camps Daily and Hire Armed Agents to Racially Profile and Deport

For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Marlene Peralta | | 646.601.4267 // Dan Morris | | 917.952.8920 // Sheridan Aguirre | | 716.427.8337

Washington, DC – Today, the Trump Administration asked the nation for billions in cash to carry out their white nationalist fantasy of mass detention and deportation. Included in the budget request are $1.5 billion for the construction of new immigration detention centers, as well as funding to deport undocumented people detained, $314 million for the hiring of 500 additional border patrol agents and 1,000 ICE officials.

Examples of abuses by agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency and Customs and Border Patrol have been well documented and it is to these agencies that Trump has promised more taxpayer cash and less oversight.

Greisa Martinez, Advocacy Director of United We Dream, said:

“Donald Trump wants all taxpayers – including me and other immigrants – to foot the bill for his white nationalist agenda of mass deportation and detention.

“The thought of over 45,000 people housed in detention camps every day should make any person of conscience sick. The thought of thousands of new agents, hired by Trump to break down doors, racially profile, fabricate charges and deport families like mine is repulsive.”.

“Any member of Congress who supports Trump’s budget will own what he does with the cash: rip families apart, violate civil rights and shatter dreams. Members of Congress must reject this budget and prevent every element of Trump’s mass deportation plan.

“Immigrant youth, our communities and allies building a massive resistance to the hate coming out of Washington with door to door organizing, technology and the resilience which drives us. This is our home and we are #HereToStay.”

United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful nonpartisan network made up of 55 local groups in 26 states. UWD organizes and advocates for the dignity and fair treatment of immigrant youth and families, regardless of immigration status. We seek to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and believe that by empowering immigrant youth, we can advance the cause of the entire community—justice for all immigrants. You can find more about UWD online at