“Memo to humanity that not one dime should go towards funding the human rights abuses of this administration.”
With House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reportedly preparing to offer President Donald Trump $1.3 billion for his brutal anti-immigrant agenda during a scheduled budget meeting Tuesday morning, that was the message from Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who joined other progressives in warning the Democratic leadership against capitulating to the Trump administration’s xenophobic border policies—and argued the amount of funding they should offer is zero.
“If anything,” Ocasio-Cortez added in her tweet, “they need to fund healthcare for the children they have traumatized (with lifelong implications) after months of separation from their parents.”
The ACLU joined the chorus of immigrant rights advocates and progressive lawmakers arguing that any funding for Trump’s border policies would be unacceptable and a total political failure for Democrats.
“Saying it louder for the people in the back: Start and end with $0 for Donald Trump’s border wall,” the ACLU tweeted late Monday.
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