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.