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For Immediate Release

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Catherine Lee

Dangerous Distraction: Congress Must Reject White House’s Supplemental

Immigrant youth denounce funds for the further militarization at our borders and abroad along with the attempt to gut asylum laws
Contact: press@unitedwedream.org

Washington, D.C. — In response to the White House’s $105 billion supplemental budget request dedicated to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which includes funds to increase ICE and CBP’s power and funds to continue attacks by the Israeli military in Gaza, Republican Senators have introduced an anti-immigrant bill. This new bill in exchange would restrict border access to migrants seeking safety and set prohibitive standards for seeking asylum. 

Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, Deputy Director of Federal Advocacy at United We Dream said: 

“Congress must be steadfast in their rejection of the White House Supplemental request and to the anti-immigrant demands by MAGA Republicans in the Senate and House. Rather than more funding for increased detention and militarization at the border, we need more resources to ensure safety and dignity for migrants. The attempt to tack on additional anti-immigrant policy changes by the Senate Republicans to deny migrants their right to seek asylum is a dangerous distraction in these critical moments. 

We demand funding for disaster relief, humanitarian aid, and proper support for border communities. We reject the adjoining militarization that would restrict border access, set tight limits on asylum seekers, and perpetrate violence at our borders and abroad. We call on Congress to approve support that helps immigrants without hurting immigrants.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation; made up of a multi-racial and multi-ethnic network of 1.2 million members, over 100 local groups, and a reach of over 5 million per month. UWD’s vision is to push for just policies that allow everyone to thrive regardless of immigration status. United We Dream is fighting for a multi-racial democracy that works for everyone by building a movement of young people who organize and advocate for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color. You can find more at www.unitedwedream.org.

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