Rep. Price, Colleagues Lead Effort to Halt Destructive Trump Administration Immigration Policies

June 11, 2019
Press Release
Reps. Price, Aguilar, Lee, and Pocan Amendment Passes Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON, DC (June 11, 2019) – On Tuesday, June 11, 2019, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment by Congressman David Price (D-NC), Congressman Pete Aguilar (D-CA), Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI), preventing federal funds from being used to implement some of the Trump administration’s most egregious immigration policies.  

Congressman Price, the former Chairman and current member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, offered this amendment in response to the Trump administration’s narrowing of the basis for asylum claims, multiple policies designed to virtually halt the flow of refugees into our country, the recension of the DACA program and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations, and seemingly indiscriminate enforcement actions against immigrants across our nation. Congressman Price released the following statement after this amendment was adopted by the Appropriations Committee in today’s full-committee markup:

“I’m extremely pleased that my amendment prohibiting the use of federal funds by the Trump administration for some of their most misguided and callous immigration policies was passed by the House Appropriations Committee today,” said Congressman David Price. “While not an exhaustive list, this amendment still marks a significant step in reversing some of the Administration’s cruelest immigration policies while protecting tens of thousands of individuals who are pursuing the American Dream. I’m proud to have worked alongside my colleagues on the Committee to include this bill language, and I remain committed to defending our longstanding history as a nation of immigrants.”

The Price-Aguilar-Lee-Pocan funding limitation amendment states that no federal funds may be used for a variety of anti-immigrant and anti-refugees policies, executive orders, and regulations, including: the deportation of individuals with DACA and TPS protections; the conducting of enforcement actions in certain sensitive locations (such as schools, health care facilities, and places of worship); the so-called “Remain in Mexico” policy and the asylum ban harming individuals seeking protection at our southern border;  the “Public Charge” rule that forces immigrant families to forego critical health and nutrition assistance; and the rolling back of asylum protections for those fleeing widespread gang violence or domestic violence. 

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