The Wall Street Journal reports:
The Department of Homeland Security is a month away from running out of money to detain illegal immigrants—a fresh sign of federal budget dysfunction emerging less than two weeks after Congress funded the government through early December.
Homeland Security officials plan to ask the White House for a quick transfer of funds to enable them to continue to detain undocumented immigrants, according to officials familiar with the discussions. If they don’t get more money by early November, officials will be forced to stop holding newly captured illegal immigrants, including high-priority arrests at the border, the officials said.
The shortfall has caught the Obama administration by surprise, coming so soon after Congress passed a continuing resolution to keep the government operating through Dec. 9, though congressional Republicans have long warned that the White House wasn’t budgeting enough money to detain illegal immigrants. The short-term measure passed in September aims only to maintain funding at previous levels, which has turned out to be far short of the money needed to handle a new influx of undocumented people entering the U.S.
“Across the southwest border, we’ve seen a recent uptick in the number of apprehensions,” said a senior official with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency within DHS that detains immigrants awaiting possible deportation. “We are growing our [detention] capacity but there is going to be a cost associated with that.”
DHS officials now see an immediate $136 million shortfall to pay for detention beds and nondetention monitoring of illegal immigration, according to officials briefed on the problem. And that is just the short-term budget hit. In 2017, immigration officials expect they will need significantly more money to detain people awaiting deportation.
So what difference does it make?
Here is a story from earlier this week about an illegal immigrant in Texas.
Fox News reports:
Fort Worth police say a man accused of kidnapping a 6-year-old girl from her home also raped her before she was found.
Police are trying to determine how the girl ended up in the woods at the end of a park with a 35-year-old man. Police are investigating if the girl was kidnapped from her home where she slept on the couch or if she walked away from the house and was taken Saturday morning.
Police have been going through the woods near a creek at Titus Park where the girl was found Saturday afternoon, about a mile from the girl’s home.
Police arrested Edis Moyà Alas. He’s been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and aggravated kidnapping. He also has an immigration hold. Police say Alas is in the U.S. illegally from El Salvador.
Do Democrats care about protecting the public? We’ve seen them raise the national debt from $8.5 trillion to $20 trillion since 2007, when Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid took over spending, and then Obama was elected to rubber stamp more spending. We’ve been spending a lot of money, e.g. – sending money to Iran to sponsor their nuclear weapons and terrorism programs. But at home, there isn’t enough money to protect people from criminals who should not even be here.
What would Obama say to that little 6-year-old girl? Probably he would tell her to kiss his ass. Obama doesn’t care. And his progressive pro-amnesty allies in the church, e.g. – Russell Moore, also don’t care. The important thing for Obama and Moore is to pose and preen in front of cameras, I guess.