Activists rally in White Plains for budget cuts to ICE

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Activists met with Rep. Nita Lowey (D) in White Plains Friday in hopes of cutting some funding to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The organizers say they met with Rep. Lowey across a roundtable, not in protest, to ask her to do her best to help people coming into the country to cross the border safely and legally, without mass detention.

They're all a part of Indivisible, an organization and movement connecting people across the country against what they call the "Trump Agenda."

This week is Indivisible's week of action to "Defund Hate," where advocates around the U.S. are rallying to ask their representatives to cut funding to ICE and Customs and Border Protection.

The rallies are timed as the federal budget deadline approaches on Sept. 30.

Indivisible chapter leader Marianna Stout expressed a desire to eliminate wording that could take money away from other budgets and use it to detain people.

Lowey told News 12 that she doesn't think less funding is the answer, but she also thinks that Sept. 30 isn't a realistic deadline to accomplish what she wants to get done. She says it will likely be a continuing resolution for Nov. 21.

"We can pass the best bills in the House but if they don't pass the Senate, they go nowhere," Lowey says.

Lowey says to avoid mass detention and unsafe conditions, the United States should invest in other countries like Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador so that people can have an opportunity to stay at home and work there.

Organizers are next going to move forward to the office of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) to voice their same concerns.


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