On July 23, 2018 Amnesty International USA (“AIUSA”) and our more than one million members and supporters nationwide, called on the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security to reject all funding increases for Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) in the recently released FY19 DHS Appropriations Bill.
Our letter to Chairman Frelinghuysen and Ranking Member Lowey outlines that there is no justification for increased spending on border enforcement and additional ICE detention beds. Instead AIUSA proposed that the committee:
- Not provide funds to expand mass family detention
- Approve a FY19 DHS spending bill that ensures a fair accessible asylum process and protects human rights