In the midst of increasingly inhumane conditions at the border, Congress is currently in negotiations to decide how to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until October 2019. They have until December 7 to decide.
Why is this important?
The Department of Homeland Security houses such agencies as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). These agencies are responsible for carrying out many inhumane immigration enforcement practices including immigration detention, deportations, and border militarization.
Every additional dollar for these efforts allows the administration to carry out policies that erode the rights, safety, and humanity of migrants and refugees.
What is important to know about these negotiations?
We know there are better policy solutions to this situation including addressing root causes of migration, strengthening access to asylum, and community-based alternatives to detention. The administration, however, continues to implement policies, using federal funding, that ignore and undermine such solutions.
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