Budget Matters Blog

Entries By Alliyah Lusuegro


United We Dream and Allies Demand Permanent Ceasefire and Immigrant Protections

Last week, I joined an action hosted by United We Dream in DC. We demanded a ceasefire now in Gaza and permanent protections for immigrants who have made this country our home. 


The Cost of the Holiday Season: Increasing Funds for Border Enforcement Will Separate Families and Take Away From Human Needs

The holiday season is all about gathering with loved ones, right? Well, that’s the exact opposite of what extra funds to border enforcement - part of a foreign aid package in the Senate - will do for immigrant communities.


On Veterans Day, Let’s Care for Veterans and Our Communities

Even though they often come up short, the U.S. has a good thing in its veterans’ programs. Veterans deserve this level of care and dignity - in fact, we all do. 


A Series of Ups and Downs for Immigrants in the U.S.

For much of the past few weeks, there has been so much wrong in the world. However, immigrant advocates show us that there are reasons for hope.


The Biden Asylum Ban Swings Back and Forth in Judicial Courts

A federal court of appeals has allowed the Biden administration’s asylum ban to stand - in likely violation of U.S. and international law.


A Peek into the Poor People's Campaign Moral Poverty Action Congress

Last week, hundreds of people from the Poor People's Campaign assembled in Washington DC to fight against poverty.


Tighter Restrictions for Migrants and More Money for Border Enforcement

Title 42 ends next week and the Biden administration announced new punitive immigration policies that would continue to deny migrants and asylees at the southern border.


Climate and Militarism Converges at Power Shift 2023

Power Shift 2023 makes space for the coming together of ideas and movements, including climate and militarism.


Immigration Policy Doesn't Have to Be This Way

For 20 years, the Department of Homeland Security has made life a nightmare for millions — but Dreamers like me have seen that there’s another way.


Senators Failed to Add Anti-Immigrant Border Policy to Budget Deal

Yesterday, two anti-immigrant amendments that would have extended the legacy of the draconian Trump-era immigration policy, Title 42, each took the Senate floor for a vote. Both failed.