WASHINGTON, DC - En respuesta a la solicitud de financiamiento complementario del presidente Trump para un pago inicial de su plan de deportación masiva y el muro fronterizo, una amplia gama de más de 400 organizaciones han firmado una carta instando a los líderes del Congreso a rechazar dicho requerimiento presidencial.
En la carta al líder de la mayoría del Senado, Mitch McConnell; al líder de la minoría de ese cuerpo legislativo, Chuck Schumer; al presidente de la Cámara de Representantes, Paul Ryan, así como a la líder de la minoría de esa rama legislativa, Nancy Pelosi, las organizaciones nacionales y locales les instan a negar “la excesiva e innecesaria solicitud de fondos complementarios” que subsidiarían los programas del presidente de detención masiva y deportación, descritos en sus órdenes ejecutivas inmigratorias.
La solicitud de fondos por parte del gobierno de Trump de $3 mil millones es solamente la petición inicial de miles de millones de dólares de los contribuyentes con los que pagaría a los agentes adicionales de la Patrulla Fronteriza y del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas (ICE); nuevos campos privados de detención de inmigrantes; un ineficaz muro fronterizo, así como abogados del gobierno para apoderarse de propiedad privada en la frontera sur, con el fin de construir el muro. Esto es además de los $19 mil millones que Estados Unidos gasta en reforzamiento de las leyes migratorias anualmente, más que el total de las principales agencias del orden, incluyendo el FBI, la Agencia Federal Antinarcóticos y el Servicio Secreto.
La carta viene tras una fuerte declaración de más de cien grupos religiosos que representan a miles de congregaciones que se oponen a las políticas migratorias y acciones para aplicar la ley, ordenadas por el presidente Trump y el secretario del Departamento de Seguridad Nacional (DHS), John Kelly.
Con una creciente mayoría de estadounidenses opuestos a las deportaciones masivas o a pagar por un muro, las organizaciones hacen un llamado a los líderes del Congreso a rehusarse a desviar dinero de los contribuyentes hacia tales fines. Específicamente les solicitan que:
1. Rechacen financiar la expansión de un ya quebrantado sistema de detenciones migratorias que solo seguirá llenando los bolsillos de la industria privada de prisiones.
2. Rechacen financiar el muro del presidente Trump en la frontera sur que costará miles de millones de dólares y no fortalcerá la seguirdad fronteriza.
3. Rechacen financiar la creación de la mayor Fuerza de Deportación en la historia, que incluye un alza de gastos en el año fiscal 2018 para sumar 1,000 agentes de ICE, 500 patrulleros fronterizos y docenas de fiscales federales y personal de apoyo, con la innecesaria tarea de ampliar el ya excesivamente agresivo procesamiento de ofensas migratorias.
March 23, 2017
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell 317 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Speaker Paul Ryan 1233 Longworth House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi U.S. Capitol H-204 Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan and Leader Pelosi: We, the undersigned immigration, refugee, faith, labor, civil liberties, victim services, conservation, environmental, educational and legal services organizations, write to urge you to reject the excessive and unnecessary supplemental funding request for detention and deportation programs, as well as the border wall.
The Administration’s supplemental funding request amounts to a down payment on the unpopular and un-American policies outlined in President Trump’s Executive Orders, policies that are cruel, needlessly expensive and will make us all less safe. We urge you to refuse to fund mass detention and deportation programs without prioritization that promise to ensnare millions of immigrants in the United States, and divert precious resources to the construction of a costly and ineffective border wall.
The Administration has submitted a supplemental appropriations request for $3 billion dollars to fund construction of a wall along our southern border as well as expansion of detention and deportation efforts to implement the President’s Executive Orders. Our nation’s federal immigration enforcement agencies already receive more funding than all other federal enforcement agencies combined and increasing that funding will only serve to dramatically expand our nation’s deportation apparatus. It makes no sense to spend taxpayers’ hard earned money in this way at a time when border apprehensions are lower than they have been for decades, and more people are leaving the U.S. for Mexico than the other way around.
With historic highs of more than 42,000 men, women and children detained daily, the immigration detention system is already unaccountable for its abuses. Documented medical negligence is commonplace and an inspections system rife with loopholes allows contract renewals despite harmful conditions.
The Department of Homeland Security’s own Advisory Council adopted a report in December sounding the alarm about “documented occurrences of deficiencies and abuse” occurring unchecked in the immigration detention system. Expanding this system further will put lives at risk and undermine basic due process protections.
President Trump’s executive orders on immigration are designed to create an enforcement regime of unprecedented scale that does not respect due process or American values of fairness. Creating a massive detention system with little oversight; banning Muslims based on their religion; halting the admission of refugees who have fled violence and persecution; conducting deportation raids that terrorize immigrant communities; making every unauthorized immigrant a priority for enforcement; and gutting protections for those fleeing persecution who arrive at our southern border, are all part of the same strategy to severely limit immigration and create an unbearable environment for immigrant families in the United States.
The Trump Administration’s Executive Orders on immigration strike at the heart of millions of American families who live in fear of losing a loved one as a result of these draconian policies. Americans know that immigrants are part of their communities and their families and that this is their home.
This Administration has detained Dreamers and has not even publicly committed to protecting young aspiring Americans who are contributing to our communities, our economy and their families under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. This Administration is solely focused on mindless enforcement, with no focus on addressing the 11 million undocumented immigrants who have strong connections to this country. Given the lack of commitment to a fair and just immigration system, we ask that Members of Congress refuse any request for funding or enforcement-related immigration legislation.
Specifically, we urge you to: 1. Refuse to fund the expansion of the already broken immigration detention system that will further line the pockets of the private prison industry. 2. Refuse to fund President Trump’s southern border wall that will cost billions of dollars and won’t strengthen border security. 3. Refuse to fund the creation of the largest deportation force in history, including increased spending in fiscal year 2018 that will fund 1,000 new ICE agents, 500 CBP agents, and dozens of federal prosecutors and support staff tasked with needlessly expanding the already overly aggressive prosecution of immigration related offenses.
We ask that you cease any negotiations with the Trump Administration regarding enforcement-related proposals given the harm that is being inflicted upon our communities through the Trump Administration’s immigration policies and Executive Orders and urge you to reject this harmful funding proposal.
Thank you for your consideration.
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