Reps. Omar, Tlaib, Pressley, Ocasio-Cortez: ‘Cut, Do Not Increase Funding’ for ICE and Border Patrol

By Staff | February 4, 2019 | 1:32pm EST
Rep. Ilhan Omar (Getty Images/Stephen Maturen)

( - A group of four Democratic members of the House of Representatives—Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.)—have written a letter to their colleagues serving on the conference committee that is negotiating over President Donald Trump’s request for border wall funding asking that they cut, rather than increase, funding for the Department of Homeland Security, including its components, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

Rep. Tlaib sent out a Tweet on Friday promoting the letter.

“This week, @AyannaPressley @IlhanMN @ AOC sent a ‘dear colleague’ letter urging support to stop the madness of increasing funding into a broken system that has hurt our families,” said Tlaib’s Tweet.

“We need to roll up our sleeves & actually pass comprehensive immigration reform. #not1dollar,” she said.

Tlaib attached an image of the letter to her Tweet.

“Cut do not increase funding,” it said. “A Republican controlled Congress has already sharply increased DHS [Department of Homeland Security] spending without clear justification. We have seen rampant spending on detention facilities for young children—reports indicate DHS is paying for-profit companies upwards of $700 a day to house children in inhumane facilities

“The deal reached by the Conference Committee should not allocate any additional funding to this department or to ICE and CPB agencies,” said the letter. “The upcoming FY2020 budget process will be a critical opportunity to take up conversations about reforms to the agency. In the meantime, not another dollar.

“But a budget is a statement of our values,” the letter concluded. “With the world watching and the lives of families at stake, we should not compromise our values at the negotiating table.”

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