The White House on Monday, June 24, threatened to veto the $4.5 billion emergency border funding package introduced by the House last week, saying the measure would hamstring the administration’s border security efforts.
In a statement on Monday, the Office of Management and Budget called the House measure a “partisan bill that underfunds necessary accounts and seeks to take advantage of the current crisis by inserting policy provisions that would make our country less safe.”
“By opposing detention beds—where illegal migrants are placed pending their removal—Democrat lawmakers are declaring their belief that illegal immigrants, including those who skip court hearings or commit additional crimes, should be allowed to remain in our country indefinitely,” the White House said.
“Because this bill does not provide adequate funding to meet the current crisis, and because it contains partisan provisions designed to hamstring the Administration’s border enforcement efforts, the Administration opposes its passage,” the statement said.
It cited the House bill’s provision requiring the Trump administration to use money that Congress already provided for aid to Central American countries, as well as its restrictions on the Department of Health and Human Services policies regarding unaccompanied migrant children, according to The Hill.
The Senate planned to vote this week on similar legislation that has bipartisan backing, but many House Democrats said the Senate’s version of the provisions aimed at helping migrant children are not strong enough. House Democrats seeking changes met late Monday with Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
“Right now, the goal is really to stop—one death is just too much,” said Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), as he left that meeting.
Over the weekend, Trump tweeted that he would give Congress two weeks to solve “the Asylum and Loopholes problems” along the border with Mexico. “If not, Deportations start!” he tweeted.
The president had earlier warned that there would soon be a nationwide sweep aimed at “millions” of people living illegally in the United States, including families. The sweeps were supposed to begin Sunday, but Trump said he postponed them.
Pelosi, said the threatened searches were “appalling” when she was asked about them at an immigration event Monday in Queens, New York.
“It is outside the circle of civilized human behavior, just kicking down doors, splitting up families, and the rest of that in addition to the injustices that are happening at the border,” she said.
Includes the report from The Associated Press