On Monday, 20 Senate Democrats sent a letter to Sen. Richard Shelby, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman; Sen. Patrick Leahy, Vice Chairman; Shelley Moore Capito, Subcommittee on Homeland Security Chairman, Jon Tester Ranking Member, asking the leaders to reject President Donald Trump’s 2020 Department of Homeland Security funding.

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It’s a shame that Democrats are choosing to take this course of action. They want to keep DHS from receiving additional funding for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and beds and construction of the border wall.

Let’s be honest here, they want to reduce funding for beds in detention facilities because many of them have been pushing the no crisis scenario at the border.

Here’s the full letter:

April 15, 2019

The Honorable Richard Shelby
Senate Committee on Appropriations

The Honorable Patrick Leahy
Vice Chairman
Senate Committee on Appropriations

The Honorable Shelley Moore Capito
Subcommittee on Homeland Security
Committee on Appropriations

The Honorable Jon Tester
Ranking Member
Subcommittee on Homeland Security
Committee on Appropriations

Dear Chairman Shelby, Vice Chairman Leahy, Chairwoman Capito, and Ranking Member Tester:

As your Committee considers fiscal year 2020 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations, we ask that you reduce funding for the administration’s reckless immigration enforcement and detention operations that are tearing families apart and harming the American economy. We also ask that you include language limiting the DHS Secretary’s ability to transfer funds for the purpose of detaining immigrants. Furthermore, we urge you to reject President Trump’s FY20 request for a significant increase in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel and detention beds, as well as his request to fund construction of his costly and ineffective border wall.

First, consistent with our deep concern regarding the administration’s embrace of indiscriminant enforcement, we urge the Committee to reduce funding for beds in the federal immigration detention system. The immigration detention system is plagued by limited oversight and accountability and inhumane conditions. Federal oversight bodies have identified extreme management shortcomings, including deficient contracting policies and a lack of reasonable inspections. ICE immigration detention facilities and ICE contractors often fail to comply with ICE’s own set of performance-based standards of care for detainees, and ICE does not have systems in place to provide for the comprehensive correction of deficiencies. According to a report published by the DHS Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG), problems in ICE detention facilities undermine the protection of detainee rights, the humane treatment of detainees, and the provision of a safe and healthy environment. We are alarmed by the reported mistreatment and abuse of pregnant women in these facilities that in some cases resulted in dehydration, bleeding, and miscarriage, as well as reported instances of coercion and abuse of detained separated parents who have been compelled to forgo their legal rights—including their right to reunify with their children. We cannot in good conscience support increased funding for immigration detention beds that effectively sustain such cruel purposes.

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Second, we urge the Committee to reject President Trump’s request for funding to hire additional ICE agents at this time. Under current funding levels, the administration has expanded immigration enforcement within American communities indiscriminately, failing to distinguish hardworking individuals with deep community ties and no criminal record from individuals convicted of a serious crime. According to recently released data, ICE has set a record for arrests of undocumented immigrants with no criminal record—arresting an average of 4,219 undocumented immigrants without a criminal record for each month of the Trump administration. Congress should not support an unjustified increase in support for interior enforcement that separated numerous mixed-status families and traumatized American children.

Third, we request that you include the following legislative language: “Notwithstanding Section 503 of this Act or any other provision of law, ICE shall not obligate more than the amount that is appropriated by this Act for enforcement, detention and removal operations.” Congress must reassert its prerogative to determine the quantity of funds available to the Department of Homeland Security for specific purposes and return detention funding to Fiscal Year 2016 levels.

Finally, we strongly urge the Committee to reject funding for President Trump’s border wall. A border wall would do little to aid drug interdiction efforts, as the majority of narcotics entering the U.S. from Mexico by land move primarily through our ports—a fact confirmed by DHS and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Instead, supporting the use of new technologies to monitor border crossings at ports-of-entry represents a better investment in border security. President Trump’s attempt to secure funding for his border wall by circumventing Congress and declaring a national emergency would siphon funds from critical programs such as the Department of Defense’s drug interdiction program and the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund. Congress must resist efforts to raid critical and effective public safety programs in order to pay for political theatrics. The president’s manufactured emergency cannot justify spending taxpayer dollars on an ineffective wall.

We cannot support the appropriation of funds that would expand this administration’s unnecessarily cruel immigration enforcement policies, its inhumane immigrant detention systems, or its efforts to build the president’s vanity project.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.


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Who wrote this piece of garbage? There are many contradictions, misrepresentation, and outright lies in the letter above; it’s ridiculous. Blaming agents for pregnant women for the dehydration and miscarriage instead of blaming those same women for endangering themselves in making the trek is beyond dishonest. This action from these 20 Senators is the kind of Congress that breeds totalitarianism and dictatorship. So much lies.

This letter proves the Democrats do not want to fund the crisis at the border and supply funds to control the invasion of the illegal immigrants at the border. They will not allow funds to monitor the illegal activity at the southern border.

The president needs to shut down the border if the Congress does not fund the correction of the illegal invasion at the border




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