DHS Funding Bill Sows Fear and Instability, Not Security

DHS Funding Bill Sows Fear and Instability, Not Security

July 20, 2017

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Release Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017


New York – After the House Appropriations Committee voted yesterday on FY18 funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, Director of Bend the Arc Jewish Action, released the following statement:

“With its vote to fund more immigrant detention, deportation, and exclusion, the House Appropriations Committee is taking a dangerous approach that labels immigrants as enemies. Rather than making our country safer, this bill funds programs that create environments of fear and hatred, recklessly targeting immigrants and tearing families apart.

American Jews know well how policies that divide communities into “us” and “them” make nations more vulnerable, not more secure. Our shared values demand we treat everyone within our borders with fairness and respect. We are committed to holding accountable members of Congress who vote to advance the Trump administration’s radical anti-immigrant agenda.”