The Democratic-controlled House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, June 29, introduced a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which reduces funding for border controls in 2022 including the border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border while expanding President Joe Biden’s initiative to provide sanctuary to as many illegal aliens in the U.S. as possible.
The Democratic Committee submitted its DHS funding proposal along the lines of the Biden administration’s policy guidelines on immigration since coming to the White House.
The nearly $53 billion budget cuts Customs, and Border Protection (CBP) funding by nearly $930 million and also reduces Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) funding by at least $1.5 million compared to current fiscal year spending levels, knowing that the immigration crisis is far from being controlled.
The budget also rescinds the $2.06 billion previously allocated for the construction of the border wall and does not provide funding for additional U.S. Border Patrol agents, considering that the creation of the now-cancelled wall would allow for a reduced police presence in the area.
It also allows up to $100 million that was previously designated to build a border wall to now go to the Department of the Interior.
At the same time, the bill seeks to transfer $132 million in “new technology” funds, arguing that a “virtual wall” is more effective than physical barriers that stop or deter illegal border crossers.
Conservatives and Republicans were quick to voice their criticism of the budget: “I adamantly oppose my Democratic colleagues’ proposed bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security,” Republican Rep. Chuck Fleischmann told Breitbart News in a statement.
“This bill would rescind all prior year’s border wall funds and make it impossible for border patrol and immigration officers to do their job,” Fleischmann continued.
Another issue that added to outrage among those who did an initial review of the bill was that at the same time that funding was cut for border control in the southern United States, $870 million in taxpayer money was included for “border security” measures in foreign countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Oman.
Most of these funds are earmarked for Jordan to help “improve border security” while providing assistance to the government to support the military in improving security along its borders.
Criticism is not focused on the U.S. assisting with security and peace in the Middle East, what is incomprehensible is that while investing in security abroad, it is disinvesting in the U.S. at a time when it is experiencing one of the most profound immigration crises in recent memory.
Federal immigration officials apprehended more than 172,000 people crossing the southern border illegally during the month of May, the increase implies nearly 700 percent more such apprehensions relative to the same period last year during the Trump administration, when strict border controls were in place.