Senators Want to Nix Funding for President’s Deportation Budget
Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Bob Menéndez (D-NJ), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), and a group of their colleagues sent a letter urging Senate Appropriators to reduce funding for the Administration’s “reckless immigration enforcement operations.” In the letter, the Senators highlight the threat that such operations, including an increase in Border Patrol and ICE agents, detention beds, and wall funding pose to "Dreamers" who are at risk of the administration’s arbitrary decision to end DACA. “Under current funding levels, the Administration has expanded immigration enforcement within American communities in an indiscriminate manner, failing to distinguish Dreamers and other hardworking individuals with deep community ties from actual threats to our public safety,” wrote the Senators. “ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan has made repeated statements confirming that ICE is no longer adhering to enforcement priorities that focus resources on individuals who pose the greatest public safety threats. Homan has repeatedly declared, for example, that, “No population is off the table.” They continued, “In line with our deep concern about the Administration’s embrace of indiscriminate enforcement, we urge the Committee to reduce funding for beds in the federal immigration detention system. This system is plagued by limited oversight and accountability and inhumane conditions – multiple federal oversight bodies have identified extreme management shortcomings, including deficient contracting practices and a lack of reasonable inspections.” Read the full letter here.