Sign the Petition: Tell Congress to #DefundHate!

Members of Congress

In the United States, every person should be treated with dignity and respect, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) get billions every year to jail, abuse and deport our immigrant family members, friends, co-workers and neighbors.

Right now, Congress is figuring out how to fund the government, determining how much money different agencies, including ICE and CBP, will get for this year. Members of Congress can and should cut funding to ICE and CBP based on their records of abuse and consistent rejection of oversight and accountability, demonstrating time and again that they are beyond reform.

Sign the petition to demand Congress cut funding for ICE and CBP and defund hate!

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ICE and CBP use taxpayer dollars to abuse, jail and deport people that are part of our communities and have lived in the U.S. for decades, as well as those coming to this country seeking safety. The tragic death toll at the hands of ICE and CBP underscores that these agencies are plagued by system-wide abuses.

Stopping this flow of money is a critical step to protecting immigrant communities. As the final decision-makers on federal funding, Congress has the opportunity each year to rein in these agencies that tear apart loved ones and hurt our communities. We need members of Congress to use their power of the purse to put an end to the detention and deportation machine by defunding ICE and CBP. Instead, our tax dollars need to be used to strengthen our families and communities by investing in education, housing, green infrastructure, and health care programs.

Our elected officials need to stand up against this country’s racist system of immigrant incarceration and enforcement. As government funding for yet another year is negotiated, we call on Congress to stop putting lives in jeopardy by wasting billions of tax dollars on ICE and CBP, and to instead fund programs that provide opportunity and increase all our collective wellbeing.

Our Demands to Defund Hate:
-Dramatically cut funding to ICE and CBP
-Reinvest in our communities through programs like critical education, affordable housing, and healthcare that build our people up and help us all thrive
-Publicly call for an end to an enforcement-only response to migration