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January 21st, 2021

The Defund Hate Coalition responds to scarcity language in DHS memo, calls for significant cuts in funding to ICE and CBP

Washington, DC — President Biden’s first day was marked by decisive and swift action on immigration and border policy, including a memorandum directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to conduct a review of policies and practices concerning immigration enforcement and a 100-day moratorium on deportations.   These actions are welcomed, however, in several instances the […]

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December 21st, 2020

Congress Fails Americans by Rushing through $23 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars to ICE and CBP as Communities Face Deepest Suffering Yet During Pandemic

Washington, DC — At a time when Americans are desperate for relief from the social and economic devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress is expected to vote tonight for a federal funding bill that shamefully fails to meet the needs of the communities and families who have suffered the most, and instead pours $23 billion […]

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December 7th, 2020

With Over 276K Dead from COVID-19, Congress Must Not Sign Blank Checks to Fund DHS’ Abuse of Immigrants Instead of Prioritizing Pandemic Relief to All

Washington, DC — As Congress negotiates budget funding, Defund Hate coalition members call on Congress to avoid the mistake of continuing to fund the Department of Homeland Security’s cruel and inhumane immigration system. Over the years, the department and its two deportation arms —Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP)— have […]

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October 29th, 2020

No Matter the Election Outcome, Congress Must Defund ICE and CBP and Prioritize the Wellbeing of Our Communities

Washington, DC— As Americans await the election results, the Defund Hate campaign issued the following statement: “In January, the next president of the United States and members of the 117th Congress will assume responsibility for the health and wellbeing of U.S. communities and families still fighting for survival in a global pandemic. This includes immigrants […]

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July 6th, 2020

House Homeland Security Spending Proposal Shows Congress is Beginning to Recognize it Must #DefundHate in the U.S. Immigration System

Washington, DC — The House Appropriations Committee this week proposed a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spending bill for fiscal year 2021 that begins the long overdue process of defunding our nation’s deadly immigration detention system. This bill takes steps to hold Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) accountable for […]

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June 15th, 2020

CBP Can’t Be Trusted: Defund Hate Campaign Responds to Congressional Watchdog Finding that CBP Spent “Humanitarian Aid” Money on Dog Supplies and Dirt Bikes

For Immediate Release: Monday, June 15, 2020 Washington, DC— A year after the Defund Hate campaign warned Congress that increasing funding for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) under an emergency supplemental bill would result in wasteful spending rather than improved care for migrants at the southern U.S. border, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) revealed that is […]

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June 4th, 2020

Defunding Hate Means Protecting Black Lives

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 4, 2020 Washington, D.C. – In solidarity with the millions of Black people and allies who have taken to the street to defend Black lives and demand justice for those who have been killed by police, the Defund Hate Coalition issued the following statement:  “As a coalition committed to the divestment […]

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May 28th, 2020

Congress Must Not Fall For Sec. Wolf’s Strategy To Increase Funding to ICE and CBP

For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 28, 2020 Washington, D.C. – In a C-SPAN interview, Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf outlines plans to request additional DHS funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS).   This comes following a BuzzFeed News report and CBS […]

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May 13th, 2020

Defund Hate Coalition Demands ICE Release People From Detention

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 Washington, DC — Today, House Democrats hosted a virtual forum on the “response” by Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE) to the COVID-19 pandemic and current conditions in ICE detention. This hearing comes a week after the death of Carlos Ernesto Escobar Mejia, who was detained at Otay Mesa […]

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March 18th, 2020

Defund Hate Coalition: Giving Trump More Money for ICE and CBP During the Coronavirus Global Health Crisis Is Exploitative

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 ICE has abused social distancing protocols during COVID-19 to target and detain immigrants, imagine what they would do with more money?  Washington, DC — The Defund Hate Coalition issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration’s request for massive funding increases for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) […]

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