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UWD Staff

Defund Hate: Inhumane policies Biden condemned on campaign trail are now cornerstones of his immigration response

Contact: press@unitedwedream.org

United States –  Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced additional “sweeping measures” for the end of an insidious Trump-era border policy implemented under the guise of public health. After three years of irrevocable harm and delayed termination, the use of Title 42 is finally scheduled to end today. People seeking refuge for themselves and their families deserve compassion and due process, yet the Biden administration has made clear they plan to respond with swelling investments in militarization, incarceration, and deportation

As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden denounced family detention, private immigration detention facilities, border wall construction, and bars to asylum, yet these policies are now cornerstones of Biden’s deterrence-oriented immigration agenda. For FY24, President Biden has requested nearly $25 billion for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an increase of almost $800 million over the 2023 enacted level. 

The Defund Hate campaign, a coalition of groups that analyze and advocate for decreased funding to ICE and CBP, offers the following statement:

“This was an opportunity for the Biden administration to chart a different course and establish the fair and humane immigration system they had promised. As Congress considers draconian legislation that would further entrench inhumane border policies like incarcerating migrant families for longer periods of time and expanding border wall construction, we are dismayed to see that the administration has abandoned immigrants and people seeking asylum by instead affirming the manufactured need to take a punitive approach. However, people across the country are rejecting this bipartisan ‘border security’ framework. It’s clear that increased militarization at our borders does not keep communities safe — it further exposes immigrants to violence and harm when they are already most vulnerable, and pits communities against each other. 

Visions for a better immigration system exist. Defund Hate’s Beyond the Enforcement Paradigm calls attention to how the existing U.S. immigration enforcement infrastructure is a structural barrier to positively transforming the immigration system. The recommendations we outline illustrate a vision for reprioritizing resources to create a more supportive landscape for an immigration system that welcomes, respects, and honors the rights and dignity of all people. We urge the Biden administration and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle to meet the material needs of communities rather than politicize people’s movements.”


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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