Washington, D.C. – Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07) and Congressman Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement on the decision to remove Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding from the second minibus appropriations package:

“We’re pleased that Democratic leadership has honored our request to remove the DHS funding bill from the next appropriations package. The Progressive Caucus has repeatedly articulated our concerns with the misuse of DHS funds and the agency’s role in orchestrating the detention of immigrants and separation of families. We’ve also raised our serious concerns with DHS’s recent actions in Portland, where secret police have been deputized to target and harass protestors, and the deployment of DHS officers to cities across the country, including Seattle and Chicago.

“We need a full overhaul of DHS to bring real accountability, prohibit the unconstitutional occupation of our cities, protect the rights of immigrants in DHS custody, and defend civil liberties. We want to thank Chairwoman Roybal-Allard, who has had the Herculean task of reforming this rogue agency, and we look forward to working with her to advance justice, accountability, and human rights. We also want to thank our progressive colleagues for their commitment to addressing the abuses within DHS, and the activists who have fought tirelessly to protect civil liberties and our immigrant communities.”