A border enforcement advocacy group says once again the Republican-controlled House “punted” on funding for more robust border security.
The $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by the boosts military spending by $80 billion – a 15-percent increase. But it approves only $1.6 billion for President Trump’s border wall – only a fraction of the $25 billion the president requested.
Ira Mehlman with the Federation for American Immigration Reform says the GOP had everything they needed to secure the border, except for one thing: a spine.
“Once again, the Republican leadership punted,” he tells OneNewsNow. “The fence along the southern border was authorized by Congress back in 2006. They don’t need any authorizing legislation; that has already been passed and signed into law. But here we are 12 years later and it still hasn’t been funded. So Congress had all the authority they needed to go ahead and fund things like that.”
And Mehlman points out that the omnibus bill barely provides for border security, yet continues to allow federal dollars to flow to sanctuary cities. “They had the authority to restrict certain funding to sanctuary jurisdictions [and didn’t],” he adds.
Still, Mehlman appreciates the fact that open borders pro-amnesty advocates didn’t get everything they wanted, such as some sort of “status” for DACA recipients or more “guest workers.”
“At least they didn’t [approve] that – but they certainly missed the opportunity to fund or defund things that legitimately should have been part of the omnibus bill.”
Mehlman says the bottom line is that there are no immigration-related provisions in the omnibus bill that are consistent with what President Trump and congressional Republicans told the American people they would do when they were sent to Washington.
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