House Republicans have formally rejected spending levels sought by President Obama that would have cut the Department of Homeland Security’s budget by 3 percent.
Why? Because we need to keep the brown people out.
“This bill rejects the President’s attempt to undermine our laws and uses our funds in a fiscally responsible manner by pushing for reforms within DHS, like reducing ineffectual offices and programs, and requires the President to enforce current laws as they are written not as he would like them to be,” subcommittee Chairman John Carter (R-Texas) said in a release.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which rounds up illegal immigrants, gets $5.5 billion, an increase of $466.2 million above the president’s request and $210.9 million more than this year. For detention programs, the bill grants an increase of $146 million.
According to Speaker of the House John Boehner, his party can’t pass immigration reform because they “can’t trust” the president.
It’s abundantly clear that that’s code for ‘we don’t want to let more immigrants into the country.’ House Republicans have shown no willingness to pass a legal path to citizenship and they’re actively legislating a punch downward.
And yet there are some people blaming the president who has already stretched the limits of his executive authority to slow deportations.
You’re blaming the wrong side.