I am writing to urge you to support the decrease of funds for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention operations in the final FY 2022 Department of Homeland Security funding bill by signing the letter to Congressional appropriations leadership led by Representative Espaillat (text below).
As Congress continues to negotiate a final spending package, we are extremely concerned by the proposed continued over-investment in immigration detention that deprives immigrants of their liberty and separates them from their loved ones. I ask that you stand by the values of your constituents and join this effort to reduce detention levels to reflect an average daily population of no more than 15,000—the size of the detention population when the Biden administration took office—to put us on track to meaningfully shrink the detention system.
Detention is unnecessary and has demonstrated to be a wasteful use of taxpayer dollars. Instead, we ask you to prioritize investing in real community needs, including affordable housing, community healthcare, and environmental protections.
To co-sign this letter, please complete this form: https://t.co/ep1chGKdJS
The deadline to co-sign is COB Friday, March 4. If you have any questions, please contact Monica.Garay1@mail.house.gov. Thanks.
▶ First sent on March 3, 2022 by Jessica