Lowey Statement on Administration’s Request for Additional Border Funding

May 1, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON — House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita M. Lowey (D-NY-17) released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s emergency request for more border funding:

“Through its callous immigration policies, the Trump administration has contributed to a humanitarian emergency on the border. As a country, we must do more to meet the needs of migrants – especially children and families – who are arriving in increasing numbers.

“However, the Trump administration appears to want much of this $4.5 billion emergency supplemental request to double down on cruel and ill-conceived policies, including bailing out ICE for overspending on detention beds and expanding family detention. Locking up people who pose no threat to the community for ever-longer periods of time is not a solution to the problems at the border.

“House Democrats take seriously our responsibility to uphold our values and secure our borders. We will carefully review this request in its totality and, where possible, work with the Senate and the White House to make conditions at the border more humane.”

116th Congress