We are waiting to see the final text of the “legislative deal” hammered out among congressional conferees, but information that has been shared and reported in the media includes $1.375 billion for new wall construction(about 55 miles), and an increase in the number of detention beds to over 45,000 (not a decrease as has been described by some. See explainer here). There are also substantial increases expected for ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). These increases in enforcement spending continue a punitive, harmful, deterrent immigration strategy and pattern and play to Donald Trump’s false and racist narrative on immigration and a “border crisis”.
Please join us NOW in sending a message to Congressional leadership opposing these increases. We need accountability in immigration enforcement and a commitment to engage in positive, sound and rights-based immigration reforms.