Democrat Senators Push to Cut Funding for ICE and CBP

In another outrageous move by radical open borders advocates, a dozen U.S. Senators are pushing to cut funding for immigration enforcement and detention operations within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) amidst the worst border crisis this nation has ever seen.

In a letter led by Senators Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) and Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) to the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Subcommittee on Homeland Security Committee on Appropriations, the Senators called for a specific decrease in funding for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents for fiscal year 2022.

The Senators claim that, under the Trump administration, funding for border security and immigration enforcement “increased at an alarming pace,” and that immigration enforcement was “dangerously militarized” through the construction of the border wall. They also claim that such funds were then used to “virtually eliminate the ability to seek refuge at the border and find safety in our communities.”

Lastly, they stated that the FY 2022 Homeland Security Appropriations bill provides a “unique opportunity for Congress to support immigrant communities and roll back the worst of the policies from the prior administration.” Cleary, we have seen the consequences of this administration’s rollback of Trump era policies through the current crisis — policies that prioritized Americans and set up many protections against fraud, crime and unnecessary job competition which drives down wages. Of course, to open borders advocates and the radical left, these accomplishments and safeguards significantly hinder their America last agenda.

The actions taken by the Biden administration have significantly undermined safety, not only in our communities but also by fueling cartel activity that thrives on illegal immigration. Additionally, the current crisis and lax enforcement brings increased public health risks, especially as COVID-infected border crossers are being allowed into the country in droves.

Furthermore, the masses of illegal migrants flooding border towns have significantly disrupted and destabilized communities as they scramble to deal with the impacts. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the lack of workplace enforcement drives down wages and displaces American workers at a time when the country is still recovering from the COVID-19 lockdowns and subsequent job loss.

ICE and CBP play essential roles in safeguarding our communities. The FY 2022 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, should it pass, would further strip these immigration enforcement agencies of the funding and personnel necessary to combat the crisis on our southern border. This is, of course, their ultimate goal to push forward their radical agenda, leaving Americans exposed to public health risks, national security threats, crime, and negative impacts on the job market.

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