1. Action Alert
  2. Immigrants & Refugees

Right Now Congress is Deciding Where They Stand

Tell Them No to Expanded Walls and Immigrant Detention

By Hannah Graf Evans, October 22, 2019

Congress made it very clear: building a border wall is not a national emergency. Yet, the Trump administration continues to transfer money from schools, disaster relief, and childcare centers to keep expanding immigrant detention and the border wall.

Behind the scenes, your legislators are deciding where to draw the line on this. Your member of Congress can help stop this abusive practice, but they need to hear from you.

This is about more than dollars and cents. The Trump administration’s unsanctioned transfer of these funds is worsening the humanitarian crisis on our southern border. Children are being detained inappropriately and asylum seekers deported back to the violence they were fleeing.

Congress has the ultimate authority over spending, and they can stop this.

Will you ask your members of Congress to end to this dangerous spending in future spending bills? Urge them to demand accountability and limit this administration’s overspending on immigrant detention and border militarization.

Legislative Ask No More Dangerous Walls or Detention Beds 

The administration is responding to a refugee crisis by creating a humanitarian one – separating families, jailing children, and deporting asylum seekers to their deaths. Congress has poured billions more into the machinery behind detention, deportation, and border militarization – yet the administration is overspending even with these inflated levels.

Update Congress Can Halt Overspending on Immigrant Detention and Enforcement 

Under the guidance of the Trump administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has dramatically ramped up immigrant detention and enforcement efforts. As a result, DHS significantly overspent its budget. Now they are siphoning billions of dollars from other accounts to sustain these cruel practices, and are spending well beyond their congressionally approved funding levels.

Hannah Graf Evans

  • Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Hannah Graf Evans leads FCNL's lobbying for compassionate immigration and refugee policies, with a particular focus on detention practices, the rights of border communities, and protection of vulnerable communities. 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.