Joe Biden’s $3.3B Request for Migrant Plans Sparks Backlash – President Joe Biden’s administration has requested $3.3 billion in funding from the House GOP majority for new travel and housing initiatives aimed at economic migrants.
While the administration asserts that the funding is intended to manage the Southwest border more efficiently and provide humanitarian assistance, critics argue that the majority of the proposed funds appear to support the influx of economic migrants, raising concerns about the impact on American workers and border security.
Mark Krikorian, the director of the Center for Immigration Studies, told Breitbart on Sunday, “This funding request doesn’t seem solely designed to promote illegal immigration, but the bulk of it certainly appears to be heading in that direction.”
He further elaborated that a significant portion of the Republican resistance to increased funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) stems from doubts about the administration’s true intentions, expressing a desire for funds to be dedicated to curbing illegal immigration rather than facilitating it.
The budget proposal has prompted Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) and 14 other Texas GOP members to call on fellow Republicans to block funding for Biden’s migration programs.
The letter asserts that Congress should not support federal agencies that seemingly oppose the interests of their states and citizens, citing the ongoing border crisis and its impact on both national security and the well-being of migrant children.
With some instances of public opposition to the Democratic Party’s handling of migrant placement in various Democrat-run districts, the request’s potential implications are gaining traction.
NYC Mayor Eric Adams has told the Daily Mail that more than 95,000 asylum seekers have arrived in the city since Spring 2022.
“We have simply run out of space for adult migrants, yet are still receiving hundreds of new migrants daily,” he admitted.
White House officials have framed the additional spending on migration as a boost to border security.
Critics contend that the funding request diverts significant resources towards accommodating economic migrants, while concerns over border security remain unaddressed.
The requested funding includes $12 billion for disaster relief and $4 billion for border security. However, close scrutiny of the proposal reveals that much of the budget allocation is earmarked to facilitate the entry of economic migrants, rather than deterring illegal crossings.
A substantial chunk, up to $800 million, is intended to establish new migrant pathways from countries such as Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Ecuador.
These “Safe Mobility Offices” aim to create more accessible routes for migrants from Africa, Europe, and Asia, contributing to a surge that critics argue disproportionately benefits investors, Wall Street, and coastal states.
Additional requests within the budget proposal include $714 million for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and $600 million for the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Georgia Gilholy is a journalist based in the United Kingdom who has been published in Newsweek, The Times of Israel, and the Spectator. Gilholy writes about international politics, culture, and education.
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