Tell your Representative to Defund Hate

Update

Congress passed a short-term funding bill (known as a “continuing resolution,” or “CR”) in September to keep the government open through November 21, but the deadline for them to prevent a shutdown is fast approaching again. It is extremely likely that in the next couple of weeks, Congress will pass another continuing resolution. Although we don’t know the exact timing yet, we’re hearing that this next CR may last through February or March 2020 so they can push any final decisions about funding until after the impeachment fight is expected to be over.

Just like last time, we know that the Trump Administration is going to ask for special funding increases for CBP and ICE (known as “anomalies”). We don't have details about exactly what they're asking for yet, but will share as soon as we do. We can defeat these special funding increases by pressuring our members of Congress to reject adding them to the CR, just like we did in September after the Defund Hate Week of Action. 

But there’s another wrinkle this time: to distract from the ongoing impeachment fight, Trump might choose chaos politics and refuse to sign a continuing resolution that doesn’t include increased anti-immigrant funding. But we won’t be distracted from the crimes, election rigging, and corruption the impeachment inquiry has exposed, and we won’t accept funding increases that hurt immigrant communities.

Call your member of Congress today to tell them to pass a continuing resolution that does not include any anomalies for ICE and CBP!

Call your MoC!

We know that the Trump Administration is going to ask for special funding increases for CBP and ICE (known as “anomalies”) in the upcoming short-term government funding bill, known as a "continuing resolution." Call your member of Congress today to tell them to pass a continuing resolution that does not include any anomalies for ICE and CBP!

Get the Script!

The biggest fight on immigration this year will be over funding

The biggest fight on immigration this year will be over funding. While Democratic control of the House has given us a firewall against some of the worst Republican attacks, Trump’s attacks against immigrants continue. He shut down the government for over a month in an effort to get his hateful wall, and has already requested billions more for ICE and CBP in next year’s budget, “FY20.” He hopes to use the money to pay for his wall, more ICE and CBP agents, and more cages for immigrant families.

Fortunately, the Constitution gives Congress—not the White House—the sole power to appropriate money. That means that Democrats can define the terms of this debate through the appropriations process.

What is the Defund Hate Campaign? The Defund Hate Campaign is a coalition of immigrant rights and progressive organizations that have been working for two years to get Congress to reduce funding for ICE and CBP, the two agencies most responsible for tearing apart immigrant families. Co-chaired by two of our closest partners, Detention Watch Network (DWN) and United We Dream (UWD), the coalition seeks to divest from immigration detention and enforcement, and invest in programs that we actually need, like health care and education. Indivisible is a proud member and partner of the Defund Hate Campaign. You can read more here.

What local Indivisible groups can do to Defund Hate

Here are three specific asks you can make:

  1. Cut overall funding for ICE and CBP. Congress has steadily increased funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since the department was established in 2003. The agencies tasked with immigration enforcement -- ICE and CBP -- have been granted an ever-increasing budget for their mission. Under Trump, detention of individuals and families has exploded from 34,000 people per day under the Obama administration to well over 50,000 people today. Congress has enabled this by increasing funding for ICE by over a billion dollars since the start of the Trump administration, which gives them additional capacity to carry out Trump’s cruel immigration policies
    In a negotiated bill: Congress must cut overall funding for ICE and CBP to its FY16 level.
    In a continuing resolution: Congress must reject any anomalies that would increase funding above FY19 levels for detention beds, border agents, or the wall.

  2. Block backdoor funding increases. DHS regularly flouts the funding levels set by Congress in order to expand its detention and deportation activities. For example, Congress allowed ICE to transfer $200 million from other accounts under DHS in 2018 in order to expand ICE’s detention capacity. Instead of holding the administration accountable for its abuses and mismanagement, Congress has allocated even more money for DHS to carry out Trump’s agenda.
    In a negotiated bill: Include language to end ICE and CBP’s transfer and reprogramming authority, which it uses to shift hundreds of millions of dollars from other accounts under DHS in contravention of Congressional appropriations to expand its detention and deportation activities.
    In a continuing resolution: Include language to block the use of an “exception apportionment,” a mechanism by which the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) can award an agency a larger “portion” of money than would ordinarily be allowed under a CR. OMB has repeatedly granted these to ICE without appropriate justification, allowing ICE to continue expanding the detention system even under a CR. 

  3. Adopt strong guardrails to prevent abuses. Multiple inspector general reports have highlighted the inhumane conditions inside CBP, ICE and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) detention facilities. As part of any appropriations bill, Congress should institute strict standards for these facilities that ensure the safety and well-being of the people inside, such as that included in the original version of the House supplemental funding bill from this summer.