In July, as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares an immigration reform bill, we have an unprecedented opportunity to reduce excessive and unnecessary spending on the border.
Unauthorized migration is at an historic low. Net migration from Mexico is at zero. Leaders in Washington know this, yet the Senate just passed a bill that would more than double current spending on border enforcement, with a jump from $17.9 billion to $46 billion annually.
Who would benefit from this unprecedented jump in border enforcement spending?
The Washington Post reported that the parent corporations creating the technologies and gear outlined in the Senate bill have supported federal campaigns and candidates to the tune of $11.5 million since 2009. It’s no coincidence that products manufactured by these corporations were mandated for border security.
Residents of border communities already know all too well the dangers of unchecked abuses of power in their region. Reckless spending that supports contractors to the detriment of our communities is unacceptable.
We’re building a unified national voice to ensure that people calling for peaceful community-based reform are also heard.
Join us by contacting members of the House today—urge them to stand up to the Senate’s proposed jump in border spending.