Ask your members of Congress to cut funding for detention, deportations and walls.
Background: As Congress debates spending bills for Fiscal Year 2020 – and a temporary continuing resolution – it is important to encourage your members to reduce funding for detention, deportations and border militarization. For the current fiscal year, Congress funded an average daily detention population of 45,274 people with the implication that the number would “glide down” from the 49,000 people ICE was detaining at the time of the bill’s passage to about 40,500 by the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30). Instead, ICE is currently detaining more than 55,000 people.
One of the ways ICE is able to detain more people is by transferring funds within the Department of Homeland Security (from other agencies, such as FEMA and the Coast Guard). The administration is also transferring more than $6 billion from military accounts to build hundreds of miles of new border wall in environmentally sensitive areas and across privately-owned land. In addition to cutting this wasteful and unethical spending, Congress must put a stop to these spending transfers that allow the administration to spend well outside what was authorized.
Faith reflection: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)
Action: Ask your members of Congress to cut funding for detention, deportations and walls.
Action alert created Sept. 12, 2019, by TammyAlexander, senior legislative associate for domestic affairs.
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