Week Ending March 17
This week in immigration: NCLR responds to the President’s funding request to Congress; joins calls for congressional hearings on the immigration executive orders; the president’s Muslim and refugee ban is blocked again; and a new poll continues to show support for legal status not deportations.
NCLR tells Congress to reject funding requests for mass deportation: This week, the administration sent a spending request to Congress asking for $3 billion to expand its deportation force, immigrant detention camps, and for a border wall along the southern border. The administration also sent over its first budget for Fiscal Year 2018 which requested $4.5 billion dollars to implement its executive orders on immigration. “Rather than asking Congress to spend our taxpayer dollars on programs that would make our educational system more equitable, health care affordable and accessible, and the dream of owning a business or a home attainable—the White House is asking Congress for a check to push their agenda of intolerance,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. To see some of the ways that $3 billion could be better spent, follow @NCLR on twitter or check out this post on the ways the $3 billion could be spent on education, childcare, the environment, job creation, and national service. To tell your senators to reject this request for new funding that will fund more ICE and CBP agents, new immigrant detention centers, and a border wall visit: nclr.us/nowall.
It’s official: the president has made his supplemental budget request and submitted to Congress his first budget to fund his wall on our country’s southern border. And with the supplemental at $3 billion, taxpayers would be on the hook to fund the wall, a deportation force, border patrol agents, and detention facilities.
The budget request is meant to fund the strategy behind the three executive orders on immigration that led up to the president’s request today. Those orders created a ban on refugees and Muslims, authorized a new deportation force and new detention camps for asylum-seeking families, and a large-scale increase in border resources.
One thing is clear: Congress has the power to say NO. Without approval from Congress, the president cannot fully implement his anti-immigrant agenda
Week Ending March 10
This week in immigration: NCLR responds to the President’s Muslim ban 2.0; continued efforts of the administration’s deportation force.
NCLR responds to the administration’s Muslim Ban 2.0 This week, President Trump signed another executive order that bans travel to the U.S. from six Muslim-majority countries and halts refugee resettlement. The executive order follows the decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to block the initial executive order. NCLR President and CEO, Janet Murguía, tweeted:
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has asked the federal judge that issued a halt to the ban under the first executive order to find that his order applies to the second ban as well. If the judge agrees, the government would not be able to put the new ban into effect next Thursday as scheduled, without further action from the court.
Week Ending March 3
This week in immigration: NCLR responds to the President’s address to a joint session of Congress and highlights additional tools for advocates.
NCLR responds to president’s address to a joint session of Congress: This week, the president gave an address to a joint session of Congress and NCLR expressed continued deep concern over President Trump’s pursuit of policies that undermine the significant progress made by Latinos and other diverse communities across the United States. “President Trump’s moderated tone and soft overtures to bipartisanship do not make the policies he has implemented and defended mightily in this speech any less harsh,” said NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía. “The policies are still the policies he has been touting since the beginning of the campaign, and his justifications are still as hyperbolic and fictional as they’ve ever been.”
In an op-ed published in The Hill, Janet Murguía noted that the President’s statements continue to peddle fiction about the immigrant community, writing “Last night, President Trump painted immigrants with the same ugly, broad brush he used during the campaign. It was a slur then and it is a slur now.”
Meanwhile, in the Capitol as guests of many Democratic members of congress, refugees, DREAMers, DACA recipients, and U.S. citizen children whose mother has been deported spoke out about the impact that the president’s policies are having on them and on their communities. In addition to the guests in the audience, Astrid Silva, one of the more than 750,000 DACA recipients in the country, delivered the Democratic Party’s response in Spanish.
Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Gage Skidmore
In the president’s first speech to Congress, Mr. Trump managed to maintain his composure without resorting to the usual antics that have become a hallmark of his speeches. Still, his softer tone cannot mask his harmful policies that have affected millions of Americans.
We are deeply concerned by the president’s pursuit of policies that undermine the significant progress that our community, and other diverse communities across the country, have made in recent years. Donald Trump’s proposed cuts to vital programs, his refugee travel ban, and his inhumane, un-American executive orders on immigration have a real and lasting impact: the erosion of the civil rights of a significant number of our citizens, the separation of families, and the gutting of important education, housing, and health initiatives that will affect millions.