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April 26th, 2022

As the Supreme Court Determines the Fate of ‘Remain in Mexico,’ Congress Must Invest in the Resources That Welcome and Keep Those Seeking Asylum Safe in Their Fiscal Year 2023 Budget

Washington D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court will begin hearing oral arguments in Biden v. Texas, a case that will eventually determine whether the Biden administration has the ability to end the deadly Trump-era Migrant Protection Protocols, also referred to as the ‘Remain in Mexico’ program. The program has forced tens of thousands of asylum […]

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April 21st, 2022

190 Organizations Send Letter to Congress Urging Significant Cuts to ICE and CBP Funding in FY2023 Spending Bill

Washington D.C. – As Congress considers Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations for Fiscal Year 2023, today 190 national, state, and local organizations sent a letter to Congressional leadership and members of the appropriations committee urging them to prioritize significant reductions to funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) […]

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April 20th, 2022

Defund Hate & Interfaith Community Kick Off Weeks of  Meetings With Members of Congress to Demand They Divest From ICE and CBP in Their Fiscal Year 2023 Budget

Washington D.C. – Today, the Defund Hate coalition held an Interfaith Day of Action where members of the faith community met with members of Congress and Congressional staff to demand they dramatically cut funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a final negotiated Fiscal Year 2023 budget.  Throughout […]

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April 1st, 2022

As the Biden Administration Prepares to End Title 42, Now More Than Ever Congress Must Invest in Immigrant Communities and Welcome ALL Who Seek Asylum 

Washington D.C. – Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Biden Administration announced today that they will not be renewing Title 42, a Trump-era policy that has largely blocked Black and brown communities from seeking asylum in the U.S. since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The administration is expected to officially […]

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March 28th, 2022

Our Demands Are Clear: President Biden and Congress Must Right the Wrongs of Their Harmful FY22 Omnibus and Slash Funding for Enforcement in FY23 Budget Negotiations

Washington, D.C. – This afternoon, President Biden will deliver a speech about his budget request for Fiscal Year 2023. In an important testament to years of organizing efforts, President Biden’s budget request, released this morning, includes a reduction in immigration detention beds and in funding for ICE’s enforcement and custody budgets. However, the request also […]

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March 9th, 2022

Instead of Investing in What Immigrant Communities Truly Need, Congress Prepares to Greenlight Billions to Fund ICE and CBP, Abusive and Deadly Agencies 

Washington, DC – In the dead of night, Congress released the finalized text for its $1.5 trillion federal funding bill, which increases Trump-era spending levels for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and maintains Customs and Border Protection (CBP) funding levels roughly the same. Included is funding to detain 34,000 people in abusive ICE detention and […]

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February 8th, 2022

As Biden Undermines Campaign Promises to Protect Immigrants, It Is More Urgent Than Ever for Congress to Cut ICE and CBP Funding

Washington, DC — In response to reporting that the continuing resolution to fund the federal government may be extended until March 11 and in light of reporting by Axios that the Biden administration is planning a home confinement and curfew pilot program, the Defund Hate Campaign issued the following statement:  “Appropriators need to recognize their […]

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December 3rd, 2021

To Build Back Better, Congress Must End Trump Level Immigration Enforcement Funding and Pass a Final Fiscal Year 2022 Bill That Dramatically Cuts Funding for ICE and CBP

Washington, DC — In response to the continuing resolution passed last night by members of Congress to fund the federal government until February 18 and avoid a government shutdown the Defund Hate Campaign and the We Are Home Campaign issued the following statements:  The Defund Hate Campaign, said: “To truly ‘Build Back Better,’ appropriators need […]

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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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