Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a federal budget amendment introduced by Rep. Pramila Jayapal and drafted with the support of Freedom for Immigrants to halt the growth of U.S. immigration detention. Specifically, the amendment to the FY19 supplemental appropriations prohibits the government from transferring disaster relief funds to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the purpose of building or expanding immigration detention facilities.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) re-introduced a federal budget amendment that would halt the growth of U.S. immigration detention by prohibiting the government from transferring funds to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for the purpose of building or expanding immigration detention facilities.
President Trump is holding the country hostage over a border wall that is entirely unnecessary and serves no purpose other than to further divide us in the midst of a crisis manufactured by his own administration.
The Trump administration’s new policy forcing asylum seekers to stay in Mexico while they await their immigration proceedings flies in the face of American values and is clearly fueled by an anti-immigrant, white supremacist agenda.
Private prison company CCA/CoreCivic will no longer require approved visitor lists as a condition for visiting detained immigrants at the Otay Mesa Detention Center (OMDC) in San Diego, CA. The move marks a significant victory for visitation access at the privately operated facility, which houses more than 1,000 people, many of whom are recent asylum seekers.
By broadening his authority to deny people the right to claim asylum between ports of entry, President Trump has made it clear he is hell-bent on destroying all protections for migrants who are simply seeking refuge in the United States.