(by B. Christopher Agee, WJ) -- Republican legislators have roundly criticized Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the ongoing border crisis.
Sen. Ted Cruz, for example, is urging fellow Republicans to oppose the allotment – at least until there is proof illegals already here under Obama’s policy of de facto amnesty will be sent back to their respective countries of origin.
Many have criticized the administration’s request, alleging that far too little of the spending will go toward securing the border and enforcing existing laws. Those concerns seem to be validated by the White House’s own report regarding how the nearly $4 billion would be spent.
Nearly half of that sum would be set aside for the Department of Health and Human Services to meet the housing and medical needs of tens of thousands of unaccompanied illegal minors caught crossing the border in recent months.
Reports indicate that 1,200 or more illegals continue to cross the border – just within Texas’ Rio Grande Valley Sector – every day.
“The president wants $3.7 billion,” Arizona Sen. John McCain said in a recent CNN interview. “If this keeps up, he’ll ask for another $3.7 billion next year.”
According to the Obama administration, the proposal would “provide an additional $1.8 billion for HHS to provide the appropriate care for unaccompanied children, consistent with Federal law, while maintaining services for refugees.”
In contrast, a comparatively meager $433 million would go toward funding the beleaguered Customs and Border Protection agents tasked with enforcing the nation’s immigration laws along the border.