By George Miller, 2-5-24
Many, but far from all of us, are aware of the extent of massive illegal migration occurring across our borders. The federal government calculates that 6-8 million have come across the border during the Biden administration alone- up to 300,000 monthly and nearly all stay here. They are almost entirely unvetted and most are released upon arrival or shortly thereafter. Our own government, some foreign governments, selected NGO’s, the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, Red Cross and other entities are actively aiding and abetting this. This is imposing an enormous strain on our country, financially, socially and security-wise. Meanwhile, many I have talked to or read of opine that the news media are largely downplaying the scope and impact of all this.
An ad-hoc U.S. Senate Committee has been negotiating the terms of a border bill in secret, until now. They have now presented a compromise, that severely waters down existing immigration law and imposes some constraints only when border leakage exceeds 5000 daily (it’s up to 10,000 now), something that high ranking officials had previously described as “an Internet rumor.” All the other compromises in the bill start with today’s out of control situation and dial it down a bit.
The bottom line is that the Democrats want far less border security than the law and past practice call for and most Republicans want more. By putting the military, veterans, Ukraine, Taiwan and Israel funds in the same bill, advocates hope to pressure the Republicans into voting for it. Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and some other Republican Senators favor it. House Speaker Mike Johnson says that the bill is “Dead On Arrival.” We’ll see.
Here is the draft H.R. 815 bill “Emergency National Security Supplemental Bill” text language, unfiltered:
The $118 billion package addresses a wide array of national security expenses, including funding for Israel, Ukraine, and Taiwan, as well as provisions strengthening and funding border security. According to the Senate Appropriations Committee, $60 billion is allocated to Ukraine, $14.1 billion for Israel, and $20 billion to implement the border security measures.
Wrangling over border security comprised the bulk of the negotiators’ time, as Republicans sought to gain stricter concessions on border security and Democrats sought less strict provisions.
Negotiated by Sens. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.), the package—if passed—would represent the largest border legislation in decades.
This is the best analysis of the downside:
George Miller is Publisher and Co-Founder of Citizens Journal Florida, based in Fernandina Beach. He is a “retired” operations management consultant, software and publishing executive (10 years) and manufacturing management professional.