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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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February 10th, 2020

Defund Hate Coalition Condemns Trump’s Anti-Immigrant FY21 Budgets, Calls on Congress to Act

For Immediate Release: Monday, February 10, 2020 Washington, DC — The Defund Hate Coalition issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021: “For his final budget proposal before the election, the Trump administration is clear on its core motivations: a wholesale, hate-fueled attack on immigrants. In the four years […]

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February 7th, 2020

Defund Hate Coalition Responds to ICE Shooting Two People in NYC: The Deportation Force of ICE and CBP Are Terrorizing our Communities

For Immediate Release: Friday, February 7, 2020 Washington, DC — On Thursday, news media reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shot two people in an attempt to arrest an immigrant outside their home in Brooklyn, New York.  The Defund Hate Campaign, which is made up of 38 organizations comprising directly impacted communities, faith leaders, and […]

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October 10th, 2019

Congressional Appropriations Leaders to Trump Administration: ICE Money Grab Won’t Be Tolerated While Congress Negotiates Next Year’s Budget

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 10, 2019 Defund Hate Coalition Encourages Strong Oversight of ICE Spending During Continuing Resolution Washington, DC — The Defund Hate Coalition applauds appropriations committee leadership for enforcing Congress’s power of the purse and rejecting future attempts to misuse federal appropriations laws to expand Trump’s detention and deportation force and continue to […]

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September 12th, 2019

200+ Human and Civil Rights Organizations Call on Congress to Hold DHS Accountable and Cut Funding for ICE and CBP

For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 12, 2019 Washington, DC — More than 200 non-governmental organizations sent a letter to Congress today calling for members to cut the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget for detention, enforcement, and border militarization, and to put accountability measures in place to stop the agency’s pattern of abuse of the appropriations process. […]

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June 13th, 2019

DHS Appropriations Bill Falls Short of Defunding Hate

For Immediate Release: Thursday, June 13, 2019 Washington, DC — In response to the FY2020 markup of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill, the Defund Hate coalition released the following statement: “We welcome long overdue decreases in funding to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), such as no funding for additional border barriers and a […]

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