Brushing aside worries of spurring a new border surge, House Democrats led the push Wednesday to slash ICE funding, saying they were determined to punish the agency for “willful disregard of Congress’s role” in setting immigration priorities.
H/T: The Washington Times
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[NC Democrat Rep. David Price's] proposal was adopted on a 30-22 party-line vote, adding to a bill that already cut 25% of Homeland Security’s deportation force, expanded illegal immigrants’ access to lawyers and rewrote the way U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detains illegal immigrants, forcing release of tens of thousands of migrants.
The bill also blocks any new border wall money and even revokes money approved a year ago.
Republicans tried to restore money for ICE during debate in the Appropriations Committee but Democrats defeated that amendment on another 30-22 party-line vote.
The bill now moves to the whole House, though Republicans said there’s no chance President Trump would sign it.
.@ICEgov Acting Dir. Matt Albence says "The Squad's" renewed calls to cut ICE/CBP funding is "really a misguided & an ignorant view" as @POTUS announces the arrests of top leaders in MS-13 gang as a part of Operation Vulcan @newsmax pic.twitter.com/pAuWypVSkr— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) July 15, 2020
As ICE deliberates how to comply with orders to release kids from its custody, House Democrats advance legislation to slash the agency’s detention funding. @ErinDurkin2 reports (unlocked)https://t.co/Aw6iqe3Sl2 pic.twitter.com/iiIKCcuBzr— National Journal (@nationaljournal) July 16, 2020
The House Appropriations Committee has adopted an amendment barring funding from being used for ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations unit's "Citizens Academy" https://t.co/QfokQ6RzCB pic.twitter.com/IpkPPzTGYS— Chantal Da Silva (@chantaladasilva) July 15, 2020
Joe Biden and the Radical Left want to Abolish Police, Abolish ICE, Abolish Bail, Abolish Suburbs, Abolish the 2nd Amendment – and Abolish the American Way of Life. No one will be SAFE in Joe Biden’s America!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2020
We MUST end the radical Left's attempts to defund ICE and President Trump's border wall. In Congress, I will fight alongside @realDonaldTrump to stop illegal immigration, secure our southern border and #BuildTheWall! https://t.co/KipA4fvCpE— John Cowan (@JohnCowanGA) July 16, 2020
NEW: The House Appropriations Committee has approved its FY2021 Homeland Security funding bill.— House Appropriations (@AppropsDems) July 15, 2020
Read more about the bill: https://t.co/4l0bD49FMv