With just two weeks left until Congress returns from August recess, we’re gearing up for one of the biggest fights of the year: the debate over government funding for agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Right now— literally, as we write this— ICE is planning to circumvent the constitutional authority of Congress to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from other agencies in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to fund Trump’s racist, deadly immigration agenda. Last year, ICE raided money from FEMA (the agency responsible for coordinating disaster response efforts) just as hurricane season was about to start — and ICE is clearly repeating the same dangerous gamble with people’s lives.
This is why one of the key asks in the Defund Hate campaign is to end ICE’s “transfer and reprogramming authority” that allows it go rogue and steal money. ICE and CBP are the agencies tasked with carrying out Trump’s immigration policies, which means that defunding these agencies is the best way to fight against family separations, workplace raids, human rights abuses at the border, and the other atrocities Trump’s administration commits on a near-daily basis.
You can learn more about the fight to #DefundHate, and find tons of ways to get involved during the upcoming Week of Action from September 9-13 by checking out our #DefundHate website.
And now for your weekly to-dos:
Your 4 weekly to-dos
- Get ready for the September funding fight by texting Defund Hate to 977-79. We’ll send you the latest updates on our plan for the Week of Action, and we’ll let you know when events are registered near you.
- Call your member of Congress right and demand that they cut funding for ICE and CBP in this September’s funding bill. We’ll give you a script and connect you directly with your representative’s office.
- Get up-to-speed using our Defund Hate website , where you can find our event planning toolkit, social media content, downloadable rally signs, and more! We’ve also got a leave-behind you can print and use to guide your conversations with your Members of Congress and their staff.
- Register for the September monthly activist call. Join us for our next activist call on Thursday, September 5 at 8pm Eastern Time / 5pm Pacific Time, to get the latest updates on Defund Hate, the 2020 race and more!