Congressional Hispanic Caucus Announces Opposition to the Fiscal Year 2020 Homeland Security Minibus

Dec 17, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) released the following statement after the CHC adopted a formal position to oppose the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Homeland Security minibus:

“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus has made our priorities clear for months to both appropriators and Congressional leaders. Nevertheless, today’s Homeland Security minibus maintains high numbers of ICE detention beds and does not include restrictions to stop the Administration from robbing accounts across the government to fund its anti-immigrant agenda, which has denied the human dignity to thousands of families and resulted in rapes, kidnapping, mass suffering, and even death at our border. Moreover, it allows this Administration to continue ramping up confiscation of American private property in order to build President Trump’s border wall. For these reasons, the CHC opposes the FY20 Homeland Security minibus that the House will be voting on this afternoon.

“While we acknowledge key priorities were included in the other funding bills contained in the minibus, such as robust funding for the Census and Legal Orientation Program, they do not outweigh the serious issues that remain within DHS funding. This bill was written and negotiated under a House Democratic majority and, instead of using this opportunity to rein in DHS, it keeps many of the same spending levels and transfer flexibilities authored by Republicans and in line with President Trump’s priorities. We are disappointed about this missed opportunity and the fact that a majority of our Homeland Security priorities were not included in this spending deal.

“We did not come to this decision lightly. We have a responsibility to our constituents and Latinos across this country to defend our communities from the President’s chaotic, wasteful and racist policies. Without transferability restrictions, this spending bill is effectively a blank check that will allow the Administration to continue redirecting billions from real national security priorities to instead inflict cruelty and militarize our border.”

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.