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Take Action for Migrant Justice: Dignity Not Dollars

CONGRESS HAS THE POWER TO PUT #DIGNITYFIRST

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As they prepare the budget, Congress can honor the dignity of immigrant and mixed status families in the following ways:

  • Cut funding for the detention, deportation & destruction of our communities;

  • Include a pathway to citizenship for all; and,

  • Promote public health and community healing.

Now is the time to contact your representatives and urge them to put #DignityFirst by passing a budget to keep families together and heal our communities. 

HELP US ENSURE #DIGNITYFIRST IN THE 2022 BUDGET!

Each year, Congress must pass a budget in order to ensure that government agencies are funded to continue operating for the next fiscal year. This is a multi-step iterative process that begins as early as February and should conclude by the end of September. The President creates a budget and sends it onto both the House and Senate, which then form their own budgets and finally they are all reconciled into one cohesive budget just in time as the next fiscal year begins on the first of October. In some circumstances, if the Congress is unable to pass a budget before October, they must pass a continuing resolution as a temporary measure to keep the government in operation or risk a government shutdown while they work to approve the budget. 

Budgets are essentially policy documents; they allocate funding to federal agencies, thereby prioritizing certain focuses of an administration. With respect to immigration, the following departments receive funding: Department of Homeland Security (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)); Department of Health and Human Services; Office of Refugee Resettlement; Department of Justice (immigration courts); the State Department; and Department of Labor. 

CONGRESS HAS THE POWER TO PUT #DIGNITYFIRST

As they prepare the budget, Congress can honor the dignity of immigrant and mixed status families in the following ways:

  • Cut funding for the detention, deportation & destruction of our communities;

  • Include a pathway to citizenship for all; and,

  • Promote public health and community healing.

Now is the time to contact your representatives and urge them to put #DignityFirst by passing a budget to keep families together and heal our communities.