WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
30 Mar 2018 | Podcast

Latin America in the 2018 Budget Bill

Congress thwarts Trump’s border crackdown and aid cuts

On March 23, the U.S. Congress finally passed a budget for 2018. The FY2018 appropriations bill almost completely rejected President Trump’s proposed border wall, as well as his proposed increases to Border Patrol and ICE. Congress also reversed the White House’s proposal for historically deep cuts in aid to Latin America. Despite the good news, though, the budget measure did nothing to secure the future of vulnerable immigrants in the United States, recipients of DACA and TPS.

WOLA Director for Defense Oversight Adam Isacson, Director for Mexico and Migrant Rights Maureen Meyer, and Vice-President for Programs Geoff Thale talk about what happened and what comes next.