In response to the AILA Survey, Sen. Booker wrote:
We are now spending unprecedented amounts of money on immigration enforcement--the budgets of ICE and CBP are more than $20 billion. Despite these resources, ICE overspends its budget--routinely borrowing money from other DHS programs, such as FEMA--to needlessly detain more and more children and families. And it’s not just ICE that operates in a way that does not reflect our values, the information coming out about the culture at CBP is equally concerning. We need to have hearings and real oversight into both of these agencies and ensure they are achieving their intended purpose before we continue pouring billions of dollars into them. I will also end ICE partnerships with local law enforcement and ensure local and state law enforcement are focused on keeping their communities safe and pursuing serious threats.
Sen. Booker’s campaign website says he would “increase accountability and transparency for detention facilities beginning on Day One, including directing DHS to permit access for independent experts and monitors to CBP facilities, improve the inspections process, require random spot checks of detention facilities, and the prompt investigation of and published reports on all deaths of immigrants in its custody.” Additionally, “Cory would also end programs like 287(g) agreements used by ICE to allow local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration law, and create ombudsman offices at ICE and CBP to monitor abusive behavior.”
In 2019, Mr. Booker sponsored S. 2151, which would prohibit ICE and CBP officers from wearing clothing displaying the word “police.” He is also a sponsor of the 2019 Protecting Sensitive Locations Act, S. 2097. He has cosponsored several other bills that address the standards, treatment, and legal rights of those apprehended, detained, and subject to removal by DHS: in 2018, S. 3036 and S. 3112, and in 2019, S. 388, S. 1243, S. 2219, and S. 2396.Read More