- Action Alert
- Immigrants & Refugees
Stop Overspending on Immigrant Detention and Border Militarization
The administration is funnelling money into abusive immigration practices. Congress must demand accountability.
Thanks to your advocacy, Congress yet again rejected the president’s outlandish requests to increase funding for immigrant detention and border wall construction. However, the fiscal year 2020 spending bill failed to cancel the administration’s ability to transfer money and use it for projects not approved by Congress.
Stop Immigrant Deaths and AbuseAct Now
Under current budget law, the administration can still use money that Congress intended for disaster relief and other programs to detain immigrants and build a border wall. In fact, the Washington Post has reported that President Trump is planning to divert an extra $7.2 billion in Pentagon funding for border wall construction this year.
This February, the president will release his budget request for 2021. Through the budget and appropriations process, Congress has an opportunity to curb the administration’s abusive immigration practices.
Despite a well-documented history of inhumane detention practices, spending for detention and the border wall construction is at troublingly high levels. Unless Congress acts, the administration will further expand this deportation machinery. Congress should invest in humanitarian solutions and reassert good governance in this upcoming spending process.