House Democrats Announce Cuts to ICE And Border Patrol
Democrats MOVE TOreverse Trump’s key immigration priorities
House Democrats have proposed cutting funds for ICE and Border Patrol, which includes the detention space for people awaiting deportation being reduced to just 10,000 beds.
Democrats are now pushing for the Homeland Security’s deportation force to be cut by 25%.
They also want to see detention space for families eliminated altogether.
The proposed move would force U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release them into the community.
The House Appropriations Committee also sidelined ant funding for President Donald Trump's border wall, while blocking his for more Border Patrol agents.
Also in the bill, it calls for doubling the funding for an ombudsman to watch immigration detention facilities, adding more money to the Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Although the bill is not the “Defund ICE" policy which Democrats like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have been calling for, it does whoever, take a swipe at the agency.
“Our bill fights for a more humane immigration approach, including the more restricted use of civil detention, expanded alternatives to detention, and the phase-out of family detention this year,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, chair of the subcommittee that oversees Homeland Security funding.
“We also include new measures to keep the Administration accountable and transparent — including a prohibition on diverting any new money for President Trump’s racist border wall boondoggle.”
In April, Democrats ramped up pressure on ICE to release illegal immigrant detainees.
Thursday Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) tweeted at the time:
"It’s time to ring the alarm bell. ICE needs to act now, while there is still time to mitigate the spread of #coronavirus."
"We have to count every life equally during this crisis and not forget the immigrant community."
It's time to ring the alarm bell. ICE needs to act now, while there is still time to mitigate the spread of #coronavirus. We have to count every life equally during this crisis and not forget the immigrant community.https://t.co/ECQPCFoy7j— Rep. Linda Sánchez (@RepLindaSanchez) April 2, 2020
Progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) also recently tweeted:
"We need to release ICE detainees, people held on bail, and anyone qualifies for work release."
"We need a moratorium on incarcerating people who are low risk to others."
"We need an increase in medical staff in prison and jails."
"Incarcerated individuals deserve our humanity too."
We need to release ICE detainees, people held on bail, and anyone qualifies for work release.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 24, 2020
We need a moratorium on incarcerating people who are low risk to others.
We need an increase in medical staff in prison and jails.
Incarcerated individuals deserve our humanity too.
The Democrats bill will reverse Trump’s key immigration priorities, blocking funds for ICE and Customs and Border Protection and his border wall,
The bill cuts $1.1 billion out of ICE’s deportation and detention division down to $3.3 billion, $2.4 billion less than Trump asked for.
The bill also deletes Trump’s border wall funding request and would ban any new money being spent.