After Running on Immigration, Republicans Cut Border Security Funding

After nearly two full years of inciting fear of illegal aliens in many 2010 races, now that the Republicans are in power, they have decided to cut funding for border security.

Via the New York Times:

Preparing for the fight next week in Congress over federal spending legislation, Democratic leaders in the Senate said they will not support a bill with $60 billion in budget cuts that passed the Republican-led House on Saturday because it reduces funding for border security.

In a letter sent on Monday to House appropriations leaders, Senator Charles Schumer of New York and two other Democrats said the House bill would shrink the Border Patrol by 870 agents and cut $272 million in funds for surveillance systems to monitor the border with Mexico. They said those cuts would cancel gains from a bill adopted last August, with virtually unanimous bipartisan support, that increased border funding by $600 million, adding 1,000 new agents to the Border Patrol.

“This magnitude of reduction is simply dangerous,” wrote Mr. Schumer, who is chairman of the Senate judiciary subcommittee on immigration. Also signing were Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico and Jon Tester of Montana.

The GOP’s public excuse is that they see no reason to give the president money on border security since it would just be wasted.

“Even with all the money in the world, the administration would not succeed in securing the border because they are not serious about it,” [Texas Rep. Lamar] Smith said.

But is that the real reason, or just yet another excuse from a party determined to obstruct every bit of the Obama agenda, even the parts that actually compliment their own? Especially since, for the Republicans, who spent much of the 2010 election season drumming up paranoia and invoking xenophobic backlash over the idea that “illegals” were sneaking into the country, taking jobs and beheading people, there’s a strong possibility the party will bring that tactic back for 2012.


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B. L.
B. L.4 years ago

Republicans are hypocrites about EVERYTHING!!!

James J.
James J.4 years ago

LOL, this is too funny, the Dems pretending they are worried about Immigration? Do they have no shame whatsoever?

Where's the border fence?

Craig C.
Craig C.4 years ago

Kenny i lived in az for 5yrs from 1970-75 and i am still in touch with most of the people from high school there and thats all they want to talk about every time i call them who are you kidding. I suppose if it were a demo governor and has asked for help it would be ok then right? There is a huge problem as well as in my state send them all home now!

dean t.
dean t.4 years ago

I had actually believed that a change in congress would be good for America. Color me stupid. So far the House has totally ignored the people's wished and is happily carrying out their own agenda. I am so disappointed.

Richard M.
Richard M.4 years ago

oh! and fill their empty seats with the Democrates that lost to them. i forgat. how would the rep. feel if we didn't send the tea party members, and the koch bros. and rove, and thomas, and scalia along with them. they nolonger can be congessmen because they have a crimanal record now, and the other are disbarred, and the teaparty only has coffee to drink. quel domage!

Richard M.
Richard M.4 years ago

you know, you were almost right about whom to send to the mexican border. take every republican rep;, or senator, take them to the border, and take all their money ids' etc. oh and clothes, and deport them, and send them across the border. then se if they can sneak back in. if they can they get their ids' back, and still being deported can not return.

William Y.
William Y.4 years ago


Kay L.
KayL NOFORWARDS4 years ago

Not really surprised to find this out.

Corina R.
Corina R.4 years ago

Well said, Dan B!

Barbara V.
Barbara V.4 years ago

Ha! Wouldn't you know! Isn't that just like a Repug. Somebody's in cahoots with the drug cartel; must be the US of A.