If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants to fix the immigration system and help relieve the crisis at the southern border, then she is not showing it in a new bill she sent to President Trump.
On Sunday evening, the California Democrat introduced a $4.5 billion border bill that does not allocate even $1 for the construction of a new border wall, BizPac Review reports.
So, where is all this money going? According to BizPac Review, it is going “to house, feed, educate, and provide legal services to illegal aliens who sneak across the U.S. border.”
Remember: Trump canceled his mass deportation plan at the request of Democrats as they said they would be willing to negotiate in good faith to fix the immigration problems.
Pelosi made her anti-Trump agenda even more evident when she trashed the president in a statement released alongside the new funding measure.
“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.
She continued: “This legislation provides urgently-needed humanitarian assistance for families, including funding for food, shelter, clothing, medical care and legal assistance, and will relieve the horrific situation of over-crowding and help prevent additional deaths. And we are providing urgent assistance to local communities to help defray their costs of providing humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers.”
And, “The supplemental also contains important oversight provisions to hold the administration accountable and to protect the rights and dignity of migrants, including: No funding for a border wall or barriers, or for ICE detention beds.”
Trump’s failed policies have exacerbated the situation at the border, where children endure inhumane conditions on a daily basis. This week, the House will advance legislation to protect families & fund effective, humane alternatives to detention. https://t.co/dyTjTSpvFt
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) June 23, 2019
Here’s more, from the bill itself:
Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.
- $934.5 million for processing facilities, food, water, sanitary items, blankets, medical services, and safe transportation;
- $866 million to reduce reliance on influx shelters to house children;
- $200 million for an integrated, multi-agency processing center pilot program for families and unaccompanied children, with participation by non-profit organizations;
- $100 million for legal services for unaccompanied children, child advocates, and post-release services;
- $60 million to assist jurisdictions experiencing a significant influx of migrants and non-profit organizations serving those communities;
- $20 million for Alternatives to Detention;
- $15 million for the Legal Orientation Program to educate migrants about their rights and legal proceedings; and
- $9 million to speed up placement of children with sponsors and manage their cases.