The Daily Beast: Four progressive House members urge to reduce spending on DHS and ICE

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Four progressive House members urged their colleagues to reduce spending on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), according to exclusive information released on Friday.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Ayanna Presley (D-MA), addressed their Democrat colleagues “seeking your solidarity and support to enter into the DHS conference committee process with clear eyes. The next 3 weeks we are tasked with operationalizing our values and addressing the fall out caused by a reckless Administration that has put profits before people and rhetoric before the lives of immigrant children.”

“Cut, do not increase funding,” the four House members say in the letter. “A Republican-controlled Congress has already sharply increased DHS spending without clear justification. We have seen rampant spending on detention facilities for young children — reports indicate DHS is paying for-profit prison companies upwards of $700 a day to house children in inhumane facilities.”

As a bipartisan committee is currently negotiating a way to boost border security funding and reach a deal that Donald Trump would sign into law, Ocasio, Tlaib, Omar and Presley are urging all Democrat members of the committee to not give “another dollar” for “child detention and for-profit detention by ICE and DHS.”

“The sole focus of this Conference Committee is to put forward a short term spending package for 7 months. But a budget is a statement of our values. With the world watching and the lives of families at stake, we should not compromise our values at the negotiating table,” reads the letter.

If House Democrats concede Donald Trump a victory over his questionable immigration priorities, Republican rhetoric full of half-truths and misleading information on immigration, crime, and border security, will continue to grow under an Administration which political agenda has been fighting for a non-existing issue that covers people’s real problems: healthcare, climate change, energy, inequality…

The letter obtained by is expected to be formally read on the House floor next week.


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