Recently, Democrats revealed a budget plan that permits hundreds of millions of dollars in American taxpayer revenue to be spent on border security for a variety of Middle Eastern nations. The same budget plan also strips all funds available for the continued construction of the wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Earlier in the week, the House Appropriations Committee, which is controlled by Democrats, released a Department of Defense funding bill with interesting provisions. This bill includes upwards of $870M for various nations across the Middle Eastern region, such as Oman, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan.
Of the $870M, $150M is designated for “enhanced border security” in the nation of Jordan. In addition, the Democrat-designed budget also permits $500M to be used for “[providing] assistance to the government of Jordan” in order to “enhance security along its borders” and “support the the armed forces of Jordan.”
Additionally, the DoD funding bill provides funds for border security across various nations in the Middle East, yet an accompanying Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget released by Democrats removes all funding for the continued construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall, which had been initiated by the previous Trump administration.
The DHS Budget specifically removes the $2.06B that had been previously appropriated for the construction of the border wall. Moreover, it also provides no funding for additional border patrol agents. In addition, the budget also allows for upwards of $100M previously set aside from a border wall to be used by the Department of Interior instead.
These funding plans emerge while illegal border crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border have skyrocketed under the Biden administration, which features a highly expansive “Catch and Release” policy. As part of this policy, individuals who have crossed the border are briefly detained by DHS officials, then usually released fairly quickly into the U.S. interior.
According to current projections, approximately1.2 million individuals who are crossing the border will face an encounter with DHS prior to the end of the year. On the other hand, hundreds of thousands of other border crossers are anticipated to enter the United States via the border, completely undetected.