Rep. Chip Roy And 33 House Members Demand Pelosi Cancel August Recess To Fund ICE
WASHINGTON--Rep. Chip Roy, along with 33 Republican House members, sent the following letter to Speaker Pelosi Thursday afternoon:
Dear Speaker Pelosi,
We are united in our belief that the House of Representatives should not adjourn for August recess before providing adequate funding to our men and women of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on the frontlines dealing with the ongoing humanitarian crisis on our southern border. Additionally, we must address the largest barriers to regaining operational control of the border – family detention and the Flores agreement, the unintended consequences of the 2008 trafficking law that impedes our ability to expeditiously process unaccompanied children, and loopholes in our asylum laws.
Had you chosen to move the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill through regular order, the House of Representatives could have already debated and voted on the appropriate levels of funding ICE needs to deal with the crisis. Unfortunately, members of the House have yet to have that opportunity.
ICE is using all the tools and resources at their disposal to house, process, and care for the hundreds of thousands of migrants crossing our southern border each month. They are overwhelmed. They’ve told Congress time after time they are overwhelmed, yet we have refused to supply them with the tools they need. Just last week, DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan testified before the Oversight Committee that denying funds for beds creates a problem and is “contributing to overcrowding that still exists today.”
ICE is not the only agency that is overwhelmed. Our law enforcement community as a whole is struggling to deal with the crisis. However, ICE was notably underfunded in the emergency border supplemental passed last month. In fact, not one single dollar was provided for additional beds even though family detention centers are run by ICE. It is unconscionable to accuse DHS of improperly caring for migrant families while simultaneously refusing to provide much needed resources.
In 2014, President Obama requested $1.1 billion in emergency funding for ICE to deal with an influx in families and minor children arriving at our southern border. That fiscal year, CBP apprehended a total of 68,445 family units and 68,541 unaccompanied children. With three months to go, we have already processed over 400,000 family units and 63,706 unaccompanied children but funding for ICE has stayed largely the same. It is time for Congress to finish the job he asked us to do, in the face of a crisis that grows worse each day.
Do not adjourn the House of Representatives for the August recess until we have provided ICE agents adequate funding and have addressed family detention and the Flores fix. Leaving town for a month to campaign and parade our accomplishments in Congress is an insult to our constituents, the American people, and the migrants suffering at the hands of dangerous cartels who are abusing our immigration laws for profit.
Alex X. Mooney
Ted Yoho, D.V.M.
Randy K. Weber
Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S.