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Price Leads Effort to Defund Trump’s Callous Immigration Policies

July 15, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC (July 15, 2020) – Today, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment by Congressman David Price (D-NC) preventing federal funds from being used in the Fiscal Year 2021 Homeland Security Appropriations bill to implement some of the Trump administration’s most egregious immigration policies.  

Congressman Price, former Chairman and current member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement after his amendment was adopted by the Appropriations Committee in today’s full-committee markup:

“President Trump’s tenure has been marred by endless attempts to obstruct every avenue of immigration, and I’m committed to using every tool at my disposal to stop them.  I’m pleased that my amendment prohibiting funding for a sample of the Trump administration’s counterproductive, ineffective, and heartless policies was passed today by the House Appropriations Committee,” said Congressman David Price. “American values, and our history as a nation of immigrants, demand more of us than Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda that tries to devalue and deter those seeking refuge in the United States. I’ll continue working through every available avenue to oppose this Administration’s punitive actions, and ensure the American dream is alive for all.”

The Price-sponsored funding limitation amendment states that no federal funds may be used for a variety of anti-immigrant policies, executive orders, and regulations, including but not limited to:

  • a sweeping proposed rule designed to fundamentally change our asylum system and deny critical relief to asylum seekers;
  • the harmful “Remain-in-Mexico" policy, which forces asylum seekers to wait in dangerous border towns with little to no oversight; 
  • a blatantly discriminatory travel ban;
  • Asylum Cooperative Agreements used to rapidly expel asylum seekers from the United States to countries where many have no recourse to seek fear-based protection;
  • the use of CBP personnel to conduct credible fear and reasonable fear options, a sensitive job which should be left to trained asylum officers.

 

The full text of the amendment can be found here. A video of Congressman Price’s opening remarks on the amendment can be viewed here.