Spending Bill Passed by Mike Johnson Has 300M For Border Security, Just Not Our Border

House Republicans have joined forces with Democrats to advance a spending bill that allocates a staggering $95 billion to foreign countries, with the lion’s share earmarked for Ukraine amidst its ongoing conflict with Russia.

The bill, backed by House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA), includes $300 million specifically designated for Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service and National Police, including units supporting or under the command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

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This decision has raised eyebrows, particularly as the United States grapples with its own border crisis.

Illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border continues to soar, yet the Biden administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is requesting funding for only 34,000 detention beds for migrants – a reduction of 7,500 beds from current levels.

During a recent exchange with Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-IA), Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Patrick Lechleitner expressed his preference for Congress to fund 50,000 detention beds.

While this figure falls short of the hundreds of thousands needed to effectively address the influx of migrants, it significantly exceeds the number requested by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

The allocation of taxpayer dollars to bolster Ukraine’s border security while seemingly neglecting the pressing issues at the U.S. southern border has sparked concern and criticism.

As the nation struggles to manage the unprecedented levels of illegal immigration, many question the priorities of lawmakers who appear more focused on funding foreign border security than addressing the challenges faced by American border patrol agents.

The passage of this spending bill, supported by a majority of House Republicans and Democrats, has ignited a debate about the appropriate use of taxpayer funds and the government’s responsibility to prioritize domestic security concerns.

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As the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border continues to strain resources and test the limits of the immigration system, the decision to direct substantial funding to Ukraine’s border security has become a focal point of political discourse.