CHC Leaders Want GOP to Reduce Funding for ICE
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) wants Republican leaders to slash funding for immigration enforcement in the upcoming appropriations bill to fund Homeland Security. In a letter sent to GOP leaders on Wednesday, CHC Chair Congresswoman Michelle Luján Grisham (D-NM) and Congressman Joaquín Castro (D-TX) called for cuts to ICE for money that funds detention capacity and enforcement operations. The pair also called for reduced funding for ICE agents and for a rejection of monies to increase ICE law enforcement officers. Additionally, they called for "zero funding" for Donald Trump's proposed border wall, calling the five billion dollars the president wants a waste of taxpayer money to build “an unnecessary and operationally ineffective wall.” The lawmakers wrote that the Trump administration’s immigration policies “have been devastating to families, and we as members of Congress and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus have a responsibility to mitigate this harm by reducing the funding that goes toward further attacks on our country’s immigrants and their families.” The letter was sent to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ).