There is an abundance of unnecessary and shameful federal programs and agencies which the Republicans now controlling the House of Representatives should stop funding. (Indeed, it would be an easier project to develop a list of federal programs and agencies which should be funded.) Today, we focus on how the House could cut off funding for just one program, which would help stem the tide of illegal aliens that is rolling over the nation.
There is no time to waste. By one estimate, 4.9 million immigrants have entered the nation under the Biden Administration’s Open Door policy – roughly the entire population of Ireland.
Also, Title 42 health restrictions on border crossings will expire next week, on May 11, 2023.
The Biden Administration recently announced that it was sending 1,500 active-duty troops to shore up the Southern Border, but those troops will be there for only 90 days and really will not be defending the border. A Pentagon spokesman described their role as to: “fill critical capability gaps, such as ground-based detection and monitoring, data entry, and warehouse support, until CBP can address these needs through contracted support.” He stressed: “Military personnel will not directly participate in law enforcement activities.” So, that sounds like the military will fill the role of government contractors until the contractors can be engaged – not exactly putting our troops on the border to defend our country. The truth may be more along the lines of a satirical story in The Babylon Bee: “Biden Deploys 1,500 Troops At Border to Help Register New Voters.”
The Biden Administration’s refusal to enforce the nation’s immigration laws is so blatant that many believe it should be the basis for a resolution of impeachment and removal of both President Biden and Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, but House Republicans have no stomach to fight that battle. However, there is a plan that just might work.
It seems obvious that the Biden Administration will not spend appropriated funds to enforce existing laws to protect our border, and the power of the purse cannot change that. However, the House could defund the Biden Administration transporting illegal aliens into cities and communities across America. Shipping illegal aliens away from the border gets the federal government off the hook for the consequences of its actions, as state and local governments are forced to shoulder the costs of housing, medical care, and criminal enforcement.
This will not be easy, for at the end of the last Congress in December 2022, the Biden Administration, Nancy Pelosi’s House Democrats, and the Senate (where Mitch McConnell’s troops refused to stage a filibuster) passed the massive “omnibus” bill, spending $1.7 trillion. Nor was it just the bloated size of the bill that was such an affront to the taxpayers. Even more infuriating is where the dollars will go.
The omnibus bill contained $1.5 billion for Border Patrol “border management” efforts, but the money expressly cannot be used to improve border security. The funds can be used, however, to “to improve Border Patrol processing” of illegals, who are often then released across America. The bill also quadrupled funding to reimburse nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) involved in transporting and releasing illegal immigrants across America.
To take one state as just an illustration, Tennessee Senator Marsha Blackburn and Governor Bill Lee, both Republicans, criticized the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for sending busloads of illegal immigrants and releasing them in Tennessee under ICE’s “Alternatives to Detention” (ATD) program. The New Orleans ICE field office works in coordination with Tennessee Immigration and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC), a left-wing immigration advocacy group, to bus these immigrants to Tennessee. Blackburn wrote to ICE director Tae Johnson: “We have learned that as many as 50 single-adult, detained illegal immigrants could be bused to Tennessee at a time, with the possibility of multiple busloads each week. Further, these individuals would be released into Tennessee while they await court proceedings.”
The same thing is happening elsewhere. The ICE ATD operates in over 300 locations around the nation, according to ICE. In December 2022, the Heritage Foundation announced the results of an investigation it conducted using geofencing data of illegal immigrants’ cell phones as the immigrants were transported and released across the country. A former DHS official explains it this way: “What we uncovered is a mass resettlement program in which the Biden administration works hand-in-hand with NGOs” and “NGOs that support these radical policies are facilitating it. The NGOs are happy to step into the breach and form the final link in the drug cartels’ human smuggling operation, ensuring these individuals make it all around the country.”
Not surprisingly, “Of the 52 congressional districts with the highest density of devices, 71% were Republican congressional districts.” Not content to use illegal immigration to turn Texas blue, the Biden administration, with the help of Senate Republicans, has targeted scores of red House districts for flipping as well. As Heritage puts it, “Biden’s border crisis has turned every state into a border state.”
If House Republicans are ever going to use the power of the purse to shut down Biden’s destructive war on America’s institutions, communities, and values, defunding the corrupt alliance between the federal government and leftwing NGOs would be a great place to start. And here, House Republicans would have an additional motive to defend the nation – protecting their own seats in Congress. It is a wonderful thing when the interests of the nation and the interests of politicians coincide – something just might get done.
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