The shocking disclosures by Dawn Wooten, a nurse turned whistleblower, about dangerous and unethical medical practices, including mass hysterectomies, at an ICE facility in Georgia have once again turned attention to the appalling way ICE treats people in its custody. Members of Congress are calling for an immediate investigation, but they should also need to stop funding these atrocities.
The budgets for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are historically overfunded and bloated. Since the inception of the Department of Homeland Security, ICE’s budget has more than doubled and CBP’s has tripled. The agencies are notoriously careless with the taxpayer funds Congress appropriates them.
But it's the activities our government is funding in these agencies that is most alarming.
For years, ICE has employed unethical and inhumane tactics in its aggressive deportation and detention operations in border communities and cities across the country. And in recent months, in response to nationwide protests to police brutality and racial injustice, CBP has supplied many of the federal agents who have used violent tactics to suppress protests in cities like Portland and the District of Columbia.
That's why we are urging the House & Senate to reject any increased funding for CBP or ICE in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2021 Continuing Resolution.
The consequence of increasing funding for these agencies - which continues already astronomical funding levels for CBP and ICE - could be deadly for countless immigrants, terrorizing for the millions who call the border region home, and potentially silencing for the people across the country now confronting armed CBP officials at political protests. Increased funding of these activities and these agencies would be reckless.
CBP and ICE must urgently be reined in -- and that starts by halting additional taxpayer dollars funding their deadly efforts at the border or their repressive efforts in our streets.
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