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Mi Familia Vota Urges Congress to Reject Anti-Immigrant Funding Bill

02.14.2019

For Immediate Release
February 14, 2019
Contact: Karina Martínez at karinam@mifamiliavota.org

     

Mi Familia Vota Urges Congress to Reject Anti-Immigrant Funding Bill

The bill would fund wide-scale harm to our community


Bipartisan members of the House and Senate have agreed to a bill to secure funding for the Department of Homeland Security for 2019 with overall increases in enforcement funding as well as significant money for a wall.

Mi Familia Vota  issued the following statement:

“We are gravely disappointed that Democrat and Republican members of the House and Senate would negotiate such a calamitous bill. It reflects a complete disregard for the immigrant community and for American values. Members of this committee have negotiated on the false narrative of a border emergency constructed by President Trump; we urge Congress to reject this bill.

“Our community is reeling from the pain of mass family separations. We have communities of asylum seekers currently stranded at our border. Our families are terrified because of intensified deportation and detention efforts. It’s inconceivable that more detention beds, more ICE and CBP agents, and a larger wall are the answers to prevent a government shutdown, much less solutions for the broken immigration system. The government shutdown was a disaster for our country. Usurping our American values to fund the continuation of policies and agencies with a record of perpetuating human rights abuses and the separation of families is not the answer.

“Congress must reject any bill with money for increased enforcement or to grow the wall at the border. Shame on the members of Congress who agreed to these stipulations.”

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Mi Familia Vota is a national civic engagement organization that unites Latino, immigrant, and allied communities to promote social and economic justice through citizenship workshops, voter registration, and voter participation. Mi Familia Vota has operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Nevada, and Texas.