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October 1st, 2021

Defund Hate Responds to Passage of Stopgap Spending Bill, Thanks Congress for Holding the Line and Urges Cuts to ICE & CBP Funding in Final FY22 Budget 

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, in an effort to avoid a government shutdown, Congress passed a stopgap spending bill that will continue the same levels of funding for immigration detention and enforcement approved under the Trump administration until a federal budget for Fiscal Year 2022 is finalized. After weeks of action from the Defund Hate coalition, […]

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September 21st, 2021

By Continuing to Fund ICE and CBP, President Biden is Defending Anti-Black, White Supremacist Violence Against Migrants

Washington, D.C. – Since taking office, the Biden administration has called for over $24 billion to fund ICE and CBP for Fiscal Year 2022 and continued to commit violent anti-Black attacks that were pillars of the Trump administration’s white nationalist agenda. Following the horrific photos that surfaced yesterday of violence against Haitian migrants at the […]

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September 16th, 2021

More than 150 Immigrant Rights Organizations Sent a Letter to Congressional Appropriators Calling on Congress to oppose the White House’s Request for Additional ICE and CBP Funding

Washington, DC — More than 150 immigrant rights organizations sent a letter to congressional appropriators calling on Congress to reject the Biden administration’s requests to make an exception in the continuing resolution appropriations bill currently under consideration to allow Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to increase spending on […]

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August 18th, 2021

Defund Hate Campaign Kicks Off National Day of Advocacy With Nearly 50 Meetings With Members of Congress to Demand They Divest From ICE and CBP

Washington, DC — Today, the Defund Hate coalition officially kicked off its National Day of Advocacy where over 150 community members and local partners across the country met with their members of Congress and Congressional staff to demand they dramatically cut funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Throughout […]

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August 17th, 2021

More than 190 non-governmental organizations send letter to Senate leadership, reiterating the need for Congress to significantly decrease funding for ICE detention

Washington, DC —  As the end of FY2021 approaches, today 192 non-governmental organizations sent a letter to Senate leadership to reiterate the critical need for Congress to take bold action in FY2022 to reduce the United States’ reliance on incarceration for immigration processing by significantly decreasing funding for ICE detention. Today’s letter bookends the appropriation […]

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July 1st, 2021

Congress Fails to Significantly Defund Detention and Enforcement. Congress Must Immediately Slash Funding to ICE and CBP in FY22 Spending Bill

Washington, DC — The House Appropriations Committee this week proposed a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spending bill for fiscal year 2022 that includes approximately $22 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Although this is a slight decrease from last year’s enacted funding levels, and we commend the […]

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May 28th, 2021

Biden’s Budget Betrays Immigrants and Border Communities

Defund Hate Campaign Response to President’s FY22 Budget Request Washington, DC — The Defund Hate campaign and immigrant rights groups who monitor technology surveillance programs expressed frustration after President Biden released a Fiscal Year 2022 budget request of $8.4 billion for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and $16.3 billion for Customs and Border Protection (CBP). […]

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April 20th, 2021

Defund Hate Coalition Releases Transformative Budget Proposal for U.S. Immigration

Advocates Call for Divestment from ICE and CBP and Investment in Community Needs and Services Washington, DC — Today the Defund Hate Coalition, led by immigrant communities, faith leaders, and civil and immigrant rights advocates, released a new transformative budget proposal for U.S. immigration, centered on creating a path for a just and compassionate approach […]

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April 12th, 2021

Defund Hate: Humane Immigration Starts With Dramatically Defunding ICE and CBP. President Biden’s Proposed Budget Fails to Do That.

Washington, DC — The Defund Hate campaign responded to President Biden’s initial topline budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2022 demanding the administration implement dramatic cuts to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and invest in policies and infrastructure for a more humane immigration system in the final proposal.  Biden’s […]

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March 24th, 2021

Vice President Harris: To Prioritize the Safety and Well-Being of Immigrants Arriving at the Border, We Must Divest From CBP

Washington, DC — Today, President Biden announced that Vice President Harris will be leading the White House’s response to immigration at the southern border. The President and Vice President met with DHS Secretary Mayorkas and Secretary Becerra from Health and Human Services (HHS) today to discuss the number of immigrant children who have arrived at […]

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