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Angel Padilla @AngelRafPadilla
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1/8. As another hurricane inches closer to our shores, we've recently learned that the Trump Administration diverted $10M from FEMA so that it can hold more immigrant families in cages. #familiesbelongtogetherANDFREE…
2. This is a big deal and signals what the Trump Admin cares -- and doesn't care -- about. It cares more about separating, detaining, and deporting immigrant families than it does the health and safety of our communities, than it does responding to natural disasters.
3. But it's not a surprise, nor is it unsusual. In fact, earlier this year DHS transferred an additional $200M to support Trump's mass deportation machine. @SenJeffMerkley deserves a shout out for helping to shed light on all of this.…
4. But the problem is much worse than $10M or even $200M. Congress will be voting this month on a CR that contains ***BILLIONS*** for immigration detention and enforcement.
5. (BTW, Rs are so afraid that Trump will shutdown the government over his border wall, that they're passing a CR for DHS and *pairing* it with full year Defense funding -- hoping it'll be enough to prevent a veto.)
6. The DHS CR will last until December when they hope to pass an actual DHS funding bill that contains even more money for detention and enforcement. They're proposing more than $4 billion, representing a nearly 30% increase over the last two years alone.
7. The dramatic increase in funding for Trump's deportation force isn't something he can do by himself -- Congress needs to authorize it. And that's exactly what Congress has done under both Trump and Obama, and with the support of both Democrats and Republicans.
8/8. We need to defund Trump's deportation machine. We need to defund the hate that is at the core of this issue. To learn more, check out the work of our friends over at @detentionwatch:
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