Ken Buck on Solving the Border Crisis
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
This week, House Democrats put forward a $4.5 billion supplemental aid package that fails to meaningfully solve the humanitarian crisis at our southern border. It should have been an opportunity for Congress to address our nation’s border crisis in a bipartisan way. Instead, House Democrats chose to exclude several important provisions found in the Senate’s bipartisan response, which included – $45 million to hire additional immigration judges to help reduce the crippling court backlog, $61 million to address Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) pay shortfall, and $21.3 million to be used for ICE human trafficking investigation costs. While the supplemental funding is desperately required to deal with the humanitarian crisis at the border, this bill doesn’t come close to addressing the need.
Just last month, Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents apprehended over 132,000 people, including over 84,000 family unit members, over 11,000 unaccompanied children and nearly 37,000 single adults. Meanwhile, House Republicans offered several amendments to improve this legislation before it came to the House Floor for a vote, but House Democrats refused to include critical funding for several agencies and federal workers at DHS, DOJ, and HHS who are caring for young migrant children and actively working to secure our southern border. Following passage of H.R. 3401 in the House, Congressman Buck issued the following:
“I cannot support a $4.5 billion aid package that fails to address the root causes of the humanitarian crisis at the border,” stated Congressman Buck. “While it’s critical that we provide this much-needed assistance, it’s time for Democrats to work with Republicans to uphold the security of our country and the safety of children who have fallen victim to this crisis.”