Border wall funding passes the first hurdle

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Committee released proposed text for the 2019 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Bill. Despite the fact that the Congressional appropriations process has been unpredictable for the past several years, this year’s DHS bill is sure to get extra attention. If the bill becomes law, it would fund some of President Trump’s key immigration priorities— including a significant amount of money for border wall construction.

This bill contains $17.8 billion in funding for Customs and Border Protection (CBP) — a nearly $4 billion increase from last year’s bill. These funds will be distributed throughout the agency, including providing for an increase in officers, personnel, and canine teams.

Additionally, specific funds are aimed at combating the opioid crisis by increasing detection capabilities at international mail and express consignment facilities. Most notably (and controversially), the legislation provides $5 billion for border security and infrastructure for over 200 miles of new physical barrier construction along the southern border.

Furthermore, despite recent calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the bill contains $7.4 billion for the agency, over $300 million more than is currently budgeted. Importantly, the majority of that funding is allocated for detention and removal programs including 44,000 detention beds. The funding of additional detention space is crucialas President Trump has remained committed to his zero tolerance policy of prosecuting criminal aliens. The reminder of the funding would go towards the hiring of new officers and personnel as well as both domestic and international investigation programs to combat human trafficking, child exploitation, cybercrimes, visa screening, and drug smuggling.

“Cartels are trafficking $64 billion a year in drugs and people across our border – and much of it comes through one small stretch at the Rio Grande Valley,” Chairman Yoder said. “This bill takes the largest steps in years toward finally fulfilling our promise to the American people to secure the border. We add funding for more than 200 miles of physical barrier, hundreds of new immigration and customs enforcement agents, and state-of-the-art technology that will give our law enforcement agencies the tools they need to keep us safe. We take concrete steps to keep families together at the border, enforcing our immigration laws humanely and responsibly. This is all in addition to emergency and natural disaster relief grants, critical resources to protect our cyber networks, and tools to defend against terror threats.”

In its current form, the bill also provides funding for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Secret Service, and the Coast Guard. On Thursday, the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee moved the legislation to full committee consideration after an uneventful markup and voice vote. It will have to be approved by the full Appropriations Committee before it can be considered on the House floor.

And it’s not just the media and Democrats who are anti Trump. There are a lot of people in the GOP who have always hated him and never wanted to see him in office. One is Marco Rubio, who is now the new “McCain” when the media wants a “balanced ” view, meaning any supposed conservative who hates Trump. When he ran for the Senate in 2010 he flatly ruled out any amnesty of any kind because he said, rightly, that it only encourages more illegal entry. After a year in the Senate he was part of the “Gang of 8” which would have given citizenship to every illegal here. Rubio is a lying weasel.

The media spin is strong on the release of the FISA application to spy on the Trump campaign. On page 2 it calls Carter Page “an agent of a foreign power”. Two pages later it says “The FBI believes Page has been the subject of targeted recruitment by the Russian govt.” So how does a “targeted recruitment” translate into him becoming an agent of a foreign power? Is there proof he did become a Russian agent? No, the clear evidence is that he worked actively WITH the FBI from 2013 to March 2016 to prosecute a Russian agent. So in a matter of months he became a Russian agent? More likely the FBI was looking for that “insurance policy” that two lead agents were talking about.