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House Dems introduce $4.5B 'emergency' border bill — that excludes funding for border security

Dems want to use the bill to 'hold the administration accountable'

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House Democrats introduced "emergency" legislation last week to address the growing migrant crisis at the southern United States border.

However, there was a glaring hole in the bill: it includes no funding for border security.

While the bill includes nearly $1 billion for "processing facilities, food, water, sanitary items, blankets, medical services, and safe transportation" and more than $1 billion for programs, including legal services, intended to help migrant children, Democrats boast the bill does not fund Republican ideas, including bolstering border security.

The bill does not include funding for:

  • Border security via funding for the border wall
  • More beds in ICE detention facilities

Instead, the bill places strict requirements on the Trump administration requiring government officials follow regulations related to the detainment of migrant children and prohibits Homeland Security enforcement against refugee sponsors.

The requirements and lack of funding for border security is intended to "hold the administration accountable and to protect the rights and dignity of migrants," Democrats said in a press release.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) claimed over the weekend the legislation is necessary because President Donald Trump's policies have "exacerbated" existing problems at the border.

"The President's failed policies have exacerbated the situation at the border, where vulnerable children endure inhumane conditions that threaten their health, well-being and sometimes, tragically, their lives," Pelosi said. "The legislation protects families. It does not fund the Administration's failed mass detention policy, but, instead, funds effective, humane alternatives to detention with a proven track record of success."

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