Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García’s Statement on Trump’s Attempt to Shift Funds to Expand ICE Detention Centers

August 16, 2019
Press Release

Chicago, IL - Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García (IL-04) issued the following statement regarding the request by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to permit the transfer of funds to ICE to expand the network of immigration detention and enforcement centers:

“Tears are still running down the eyes of the immigrant children whose parents were detained by ICE in Mississippi last week and the Trump Administration is already looking to make space to detain more hard-working people.

“When Congress appropriated fiscal year 2019 funds for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), we gave the agency clear direction to reduce the number of people jailed in detention centers to 40,500 by year’s end.  Instead of reducing the incarcerated population and funding alternatives to detention, ICE continues to reprogram funds to rip more families apart. Last week, the agency conducted its largest single-raid in Mississippi, arresting an additional 680 individuals of whom at least half remain in detention. 

“Today, ICE continues to hold over 55,000 migrants and asylum seekers in its facilities, 14,000 more than was permissible under the FY19 funding restrictions set by Congress.

“I strongly oppose any request by the Trump Administration to reprogram funding for ICE to expand enforcement and detention capacity.”