Democrat Priorities Laid Bare In Budget



In December, House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi outlined her priorities on immigration, which naturally included amnesty for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and a pledge to “meet our responsibility to provide strong, smart border security that serves our country’s needs.”

Well, since regaining control of the House, Pelosi and the Democratic caucus have stood by as the crisis on the border has worsened with each passing day. In the current fiscal year, the number of Southern border apprehensions already have reached 676,315, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). That is a figure that exceeds the population of Atlanta.

In response to the escalating humanitarian and security crisis, Democrats not only aren’t providing anything resembling “strong, smart border security,” they are cutting critical resources to border agencies.

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security approved by voice vote a $63.8 billion funding measure that fails to provide funding for Border Patrol agents or checkpoints.

Democrats appear to believe that the border is best secured by giving $151 million to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) for the purpose of adding 1,846 new positions to monitor border entry ports, but not one additional cent to hire Border Patrol officers – the ones who actually man the border.

The chair of the subcommittee, Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.), characterized the funding bill as one which takes “a balanced approach to border security and immigration enforcement, including new efforts to protect the dignity and safety of every person in U.S. government custody.”

Balanced? No funds for officers to patrol the border, but $20 million to establish a new Office of Immigration Detention Ombudsman and bars funding transfers to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Operations and Support for Enforcement and Removal Operations? Pouring salt into the wound, it also explicitly prevents ICE from transferring funds to increase detention capacity.

Not to mention that Democrats found time this week to pass the Dream and Promise Act, which the Congressional Budget Office estimates will add $35 billion to the deficit.

Oh, and they also ignored their own set budget rules that require offsets to be identified if a measure will increase the deficit.

While Republicans were unable to prevent Democrats from pushing it towards a full committee vote, ranking member Kay Granger (R-Texas) did express her opposition to the bill, which she said fails to address the increasingly dire crisis at the border.

“We are facing a crisis at our southern border, and we have to put partisan politics aside and address it,” she said, stressing the need to ensure “all the tools at our disposal to address this crisis – we cannot hamstring the agencies on the frontlines by starving them of resources and not giving them the legal authorities they need.”

Granger also called for the immediate passage of a supplemental bill to address the border. That is separate from the $4.5 billion emergency spending request the White House made at the beginning of May – before more than 144,000 migrants were apprehended at the border.

Citing an unfolding “humanitarian and security crisis,” the White House asked for $3.3 billion for humanitarian assistance and $1.1 billion for border operations, and no money for a border barrier in an effort to gain Democrat support.

Over the last three months the average monthly apprehension figures have hovered well above 100,000. Democrats’ continued obstruction and denial of the humanitarian crisis is irresponsible, unconscionable and a threat to the migrants and the men and women tasked with their care.

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Jennifer joined FAIR as Web Content Writer in 2017 and brings to the role extensive communications and media background. She began her career as a policy research analyst on multiple national and state political campaigns before entering journalism. In addition to spending over a decade writing for several broadcast and print news outlets, Jennifer directed communications strategy for a member of Congress and a military nonprofit.

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    Democrats are for open borders. First they lied and said there was no crisis and then when it’s become obvious there is a huge crisis they are doing everything they can to keep the flow of illegals going. As noted, what was their priority this week? Another amnesty. The Border Patrol is overwhelmed just handling the asylum cases and large sections of the border are virtually unmanned and undefended and the drug smugglers and criminals use those opportunities to cross at those points.

    Russia spends a few thousand on some facebook ads, meanwhile the Democratic party says how high when the Mexican government says jump. They could not be working more for the interests of foreign governments taking over this country than if they were paid. Paid or not, what’s the difference. None. In the past the Mexican government has distributed pamphlets telling their citizens how to avoid law enforcement in this country. The top Mexican leadership has said the first priority of Mexicans here, and that of their children’s children, should be Mexico first. Ironic that this is D-Day, led by Ike. How long would President Eisenhower have waited before sending the Army to our broken border in response to this invasion? The Democrats are happy to hand the keys to the White House to Mexico.

    Last fall, a lot of “moderate” Democratic candidates said they would not vote for Pelosi as Speaker and would work with Trump on some issues. Had they kept those promises, she would not be Speaker. It would have been a Democrat, but not her. Those candidates, once in office, have voted the extreme left agenda of the Democrats overwhelmingly. Bash the GOP, they deserve it, but the Democrats have shown themselves unable to either govern or protect the country.