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Tell Congress to Reject Inhumane Funding Requests for Immigration Enforcement
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ACT NOW: Please Tell Congress to Reject Inhumane Funding Requests for Immigration Enforcement

Background:
As of December 14th, Congress had passed five spending bills for fiscal year (FY) 2019, but seven others remain outstanding, including those funding the Department of State, Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security. Congress failed to reach a decision to pass the outstanding bills or extend current funding levels by December 21st to avoid a partial government shutdown.

The President has noted that he would welcome a government shutdown if the bills did not include the $5.5 billion he requested for the border wall. The Administration has similarly requested an increase in funding for detention of immigrants, to cover an average daily detention level of 52,000 people/night.

It is critical that we, as Catholics, urge Members of Congress to end the government shutdown – recognizing that several of the outstanding bills fund important refugee and immigration-related programs – while also rejecting funding increases for inhumane immigration enforcement efforts.

Please act to show your support for refugees and immigrants!

Take Action and send the following message:

Dear Representative/Senators:

I write as a constituent and concerned Catholic regarding the ongoing FY 2019 appropriations process. As you continue negotiations around this matter, I ask that you end the partial government shutdown but also ensure that funding is not appropriated to inhumane and unchecked immigration enforcement initiatives.

Specifically, I urge you to: 
•   Work in a bipartisan manner to move forward the funding for the outstanding appropriations accounts and return to regular order as much as possible;

•   Reject the $5.5 billion requested for new border wall construction or, at the very least, not appropriate more than the $1.6 billion agreed to in the Senate's FY 2019 DHS bill; and

•   Support increases in alternatives to detention and reject requests to increase funding for immigrant detention beds above the FY 2018 enacted immigrant detention level.

Thank you for considering these recommendations and your ongoing work on this issue.

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Congress: Reject Inhumane Funding Requests for Immigration Enforcement
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Dear Representative:

I write as a constituent and concerned Catholic regarding the ongoing FY 2019 appropriations process. As you continue negotiations around this matter, I ask that you end the partial government shutdown but also ensure that funding is not appropriated to inhumane and unchecked immigration enforcement initiatives.

Specifically, I urge you to:

Work in a bipartisan manner to move forward the funding for the outstanding appropriations accounts and return to regular order as much as possible;

Reject the $5.5 billion requested for new border wall construction or, at the very least, not appropriate more than the $1.6 billion agreed to in the Senate's FY 2019 DHS bill; and

Support increases in alternatives to detention and reject requests to increase funding for immigrant detention beds above the FY 2018 enacted immigrant detention level.

Thank you for considering these recommendations and your ongoing work on this issue.
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Dear Senator:

I write as a constituent and concerned Catholic regarding the ongoing FY 2019 appropriations process. As you continue negotiations around this matter, I ask that you end the partial government shutdown but also ensure that funding is not appropriated to inhumane and unchecked immigration enforcement initiatives.

Specifically, I urge you to:

Work in a bipartisan manner to move forward the funding for the outstanding appropriations accounts and return to regular order as much as possible;

Reject the $5.5 billion requested for new border wall construction or, at the very least, not appropriate more than the $1.6 billion agreed to in the Senate's FY 2019 DHS bill; and

Support increases in alternatives to detention and reject requests to increase funding for immigrant detention beds above the FY 2018 enacted immigrant detention level.

Thank you for considering these recommendations and your ongoing work on this issue.
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