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CREDO Calls on Democrats to Reject "Fundamentally Bad Deal" That Is "An Attack on Immigrant Communities"


CREDO released the following statement on the government funding deal reached by the conference committee:

"This fundamentally bad deal represents an attack on immigrant communities and their allies and a gift to Trump and his deportation force," CREDO Action Co-Director Heidi Hess said. "It is a betrayal of immigrant communities and the Democratic Party's progressive base."

"It is a failure of Democratic leadership that we got a "deal" that provides funding for Trump's border wall and increases the number of people ICE is allowed to hold in detention," she continued. "The failure to explicitly block ICE from continuing to reprogram funds amounts to handing this rogue agency a blank check to detain far more people than Congress has explicitly authorized."

"After a month-long standoff in which Democrats gained the upper hand by standing united against Trump's hostage taking, Democrats have now failed to deliver on their promises to protect immigrants," Hess said. "Before voting, all Democrats should know that a vote for this deal is a vote to propel Trump's racist agenda forward and sanction his attacks on immigrants and communities of color."

In recent weeks CREDO members have made more than 15,000 phone calls to congressional offices urging congress to fund the government without providing funding for Trump's border wall or ICE.

CREDO has also donated more than $800,000 to leading immigrant rights groups including United We Dream, America's Voice, National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, National Immigration Law Center, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, National Council of La Raza, Mijente, Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Migrant Legal Action Program, Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, Florida Immigrant Coalition, Detention Watch Network and American Immigration Law Foundation.

CREDO Action, part of CREDO Mobile, is a social change network of over five million activists, sending tens of millions of petition signatures and hundreds of thousands of phone calls to decision-makers each year. CREDO Action members also participate in meetings, protests and other direct action for progressive change.