Five Ways Congress should invest $9.74 billion instead of Trump's immigration policy

Nov. 15, 2019 - Download PDF Version

NOTE: Updated version as of February 2020 is here.

A collaboration with MomsRising

Despite the fact that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs & Border Protection (CBP) separated thousands of children from their parents at the border, and we still do not know the exact number of these separations because these agencies did not bother to document which children belong to which parents at the time of separation, the Senate has introduced a bill that would increase funding for ICE and CBP to over $26 billion. Congress must hold these agencies accountable for those family separations and for the continuing cruel mass incarceration of immigrant children and families by cutting funding for the most inhumane elements of the Trump Administration's immigration policy, starting with cutting $4.74 billion for ICE detention and removal operations, and $5 billion for a wall at the southern border with Mexico.

That's at least $9.74 billion of our tax dollars that could be used to lift up our children and communities instead of tearing families apart. America’s families believe that we all do better when everyone has the opportunity to succeed, which means investing in strong families and communities by using tax dollars to support critical education, housing, nutrition and health care programs.

Read the full fact sheet here.