March 16, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC—Today, as debate turns to fiscal year 2018 with the release of the “skinny” budget, the Trump administration sent a $3 billion request to Congress for supplemental funding for FY17 to support his anti-immigrant agenda. The request would enable the start of a mass expansion of the deportation force and detention camps, as well as preliminary steps toward building the border wall, which the federal government’s own estimates put at a total cost of $21.6 billion.
“Rather than asking Congress to spend our taxpayer dollars on programs that would make our educational system more equitable, health care affordable and accessible, and the dream of owning a business or a home attainable—the White House is asking Congress for a check to push their agenda of intolerance,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía.
Congressional funding would allow for President Trump to fund policies that ramp up a deportation force and separate families. The move would have undeniable civil rights implications, including an increase in racial profiling and the violation of due process rights.
“Our nation’s immigration agencies are more than fully funded—in fact, they receive more federal dollars than all other federal law enforcement agencies combined. Sending the president additional funds to violate not just the individual rights of those who are detained, but violate the principles that are the foundation of this great country, would make Congress complicit. We urge our elected representatives to reject these funding requests and instead seek ways to use our taxpayer money to better the lives of all Americans,” Murguía added.
NCLR—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to build a stronger America by creating opportunities for Latinos. For more information on NCLR, please visit www.nclr.org or follow along on Facebook and Twitter.