A divided House approved a contentious $4.5 billion emergency funding package. This will be to address the border crisis. This happened on Tuesday, under growing pressure to address the Trump administration’s inhumane treatment of migrants.
The bill passed largely along party lines in a 230-195 vote, with some progressive Democrats voting in favor after negotiating to include provisions including new health and safety standards for jailed migrants.
Four Democrats voted against the bill: Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.
Last week, the progressive congressmembers issued a statement condemning the bill and calling for the abolition of ICE.
The Senate is slated to consider its own border funding measure this week, including President Trump’s original request for more than a billion dollars for Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Democracy Now! speaks with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention, and the business of detention. Her recent report for Rewire.News is headlined “'Willful Recklessness': Trump Pushes for Indefinite Family Detention.”
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