1. Action Alert
  2. Economic Justice, Immigrants & Refugees

Divest Funds From Immigrant Detention; Invest in People

By Hannah Graf Evans, April 17, 2019

Soon, Congress will choose how much taxpayer money each federal department will receive. Many of them oversee critical programs that benefit people, ranging from anti-hunger and housing programs, to education, and foreign aid.

Urge your member of Congress to prioritize the needs of people over increased funds to detain and deport immigrants.

In recent years Congress has pumped more money into the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), largely to fuel the detention and deportation of refugees and immigrants.

Instead of spending billions of dollars to prop up the deportation machine, Congress should invest in programs that serve our communities through education, workforce development, nutrition and housing assistance, and more.

Will you ask your representative to budget morally, cut spending on immigrant detention and instead invest more in our communities?

Update Five Investments to Address the Crisis at the Border 

FCNL and other leading organizations promoting the rights and safety of all immigrants, migrants, and refugees endorsed five ways Congress can address the humanitarian crisis at the border.

Hannah Graf Evans

  • Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Hannah Graf Evans lobbies for compassionate immigration policies. Our immigration system should empower immigrants and the American communities to which they belong, lift up the voices of border communities, and ensure adequate protections for refugees, asylum-seekers and victims of trafficking. Hannah served as co-chair of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition steering committee for three years and still plays an active role in pursuing shared policy priorities of the more than 50 faith-based member organizations.