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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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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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