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Say No to funding Trump's wall, deportation force and detention camps
The fight over funding for the detention and deportation machine is just getting started. Trump wants Congress to give him $3 billion more dollars, on top of the billions the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has already received this year. This request for money (“appropriations”) is just the beginning. This is his first attempt to acquire the money he needs for his anti-immigrant and racist policies. Unless we stop this now, it will be harder and harder to fight his demands for more money later in the year.
Money is one of the only barriers to Trump’s DHS fully enacting its hate-fueled detention and deportation nightmare. Stopping the flow of money is critical to stopping Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda.
Caller: Good morning/afternoon! What is [Senator X’s] position on President Trump’s supplemental funding request for an extra $3 billion for the Department of Homeland Security, on top of the billions the Department has already received this year?
Staffer: Thank you for calling! [Senator X] opposes the supplemental funding request for DHS.
Caller: That’s great! I’m calling to say that if [Senator X] truly believes, as I do, that this funding request amounts to a down payment on the anti-immigrant policies outlined in President Trump’s Executive Orders—policies that are cruel, needlessly expensive and will make us all less safe—then s/he should do everything s/he can to make sure Congress rejects it.
Will s/he commit to take a stand on this issue by:
Staffer: I’ll need to check in with [Senator X] about whether or not he/she wants to make any public statements, but I do know that he/she plans to vote no when this comes up to a vote.
Caller: I’m so glad to hear that [Senator X] plans to vote no. Please pass along my thanks to the Senator, as well as my encouragement to make a public statement opposing the funding request so that he/she can be a model for other Senators to do the right thing as well.
Staffer: Thank you for calling! [Senator X] supports the supplemental funding request.
Caller: That’s terrible. That means that [Senator X] supports Trump’s immigration Executive Orders. Trump is putting all the pieces in place for his expanded Deportation Force to carry out policies of detention and deportation. In addition to the wall, Trump wants to vastly expand detention facilities to lock up more immigrants while subsidizing the private prison industry, put more agents on the border, hire more ICE agents, expand operations that will terrorize communities, and re-direct more federal funds toward prosecution of immigration violations. Already under Trump, we have seen chaos at our airports and in our communities. That chaos and cruelty would only increase if Congress funds Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration.
Staffer: [Senator X] doesn’t view this as an endorsement of the Executive Orders. DHS has told Congress that they’re running out of money, so this request is just to fill a gap in their funding until next year. Caller: That’s wrong. A vote for this funding request is absolutely a vote in favor of Trump’s hate-fueled, anti-immigrant policies. Trump plans to cut core priorities like housing and environmental protections while dramatically expanding the size of our immigration police and detention camps. Our tax dollars should be spent combating poverty, expanding access to healthcare, and promoting public safety--not separating immigrants from their families and communities. Trump wants to grow the ranks of ICE and border patrol officers, some of the most corrupt law enforcement agencies in the country, guaranteeing that even more individuals’ rights will be abused. He wants to write a blank check to the private prison industry, so that they can make even more money off of the backs of immigrants and American taxpayers. Is this really what [Senator X] wants to support?
Staffer: Thank you for calling! I’m not sure about the details of the supplemental request and [Senator X] has not taken a position on it. I’m happy to take down your concerns.
Caller: That’s disappointing to hear. This is a very important issue for our country and its future. Here is my concern: Trump is putting all the pieces in place for his expanded Deportation Force to carry out his policy of mass deportation. In addition to the wall, Trump wants to vastly expand detention facilities to lock up more immigrants while subsidizing the private prison industry, put more agents on the border, hire more ICE agents, expand operations that will terrorize communities, and re-direct more federal funds toward prosecution of immigration violations. Already under Trump, we have seen chaos at our airports and in our communities. That chaos and cruelty would only be magnified if Congress funds Trump’s Executive Orders on immigration.
In order to show that s/he is on my side, I expect [Senator X] to:
Will [Senator X] take these steps?
Staffer: I will certainly pass on your concerns to [Senator X].
Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information to let me know when [Senator X] has made up his/her mind. I’m eager to hear what s/he decides.
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Campaigns driving change
Detention Watch Network (DWN) works with its members to increase public awareness, build community organizing capacity and advance national advocacy strategies on immigration detention issues through coordinated campaigns.
The United States government arbitrarily detains immigrants across the country with the enforcement of immigration detention bed quotas that operate on a national and local level, resulting in a financial market where people’s lives are treated as profit. In 2013 DWN launched the End the Quota campaign with the goal to remove the national detention bed quota from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approbations bill and eliminate the use of guaranteed minimums from detention center contracts. Since then, the campaign has raised public awareness, garnered significant media coverage and made the quota a go-to talking point for DWN members. In 2015, DWN saw increased congressional support as legislation was introduced to remove the national quota and local quotas.
The reemergence of family detention in the summer of 2014, led DWN members and allies to launch a campaign that incorporates grassroots organizing, media work and litigation to target President Obama and DHS to end family detention. As a result, the Obama administration reformed its family detention policy to reduce the amount of time women and children are held in detention. However, DWN and its members and allies continue to push for an end to the punitive policy.
Expose & Close started in 2012, when DWN coordinated the release of ten reports demanding the closure of immigration detention facilities that exemplified the human rights abuses occurring system wide. In 2014, the report called attention to the Artesia Family Residential Center in New Mexico, leading to its closure. The reports serve as educational and advocacy tools for anyone to use to challenge the detention system.