House Appropriations Committee in Congress, meeting yesterday, approved a fiscal 2015 Homeland Security spending bill that would add $78 million to address the surge of illegal alien children and unaccompanied minors crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. Thousands of the illegal aliens have been transferred and relocated from the south Texas border to Arizona by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Border Patrol) with no notification to Arizona State Government. Word-of-mouth and news reports about lax border security and the amnesty policies of the Obama Administration has led to a spiking number of border crossings and illegal immigrant apprehensions.
Frank Riggs, conservative candidate for governor in Arizona, criticized the Obama Administration for requesting the additional funding to transport, house and process the thousands of illegal immigrant children entering the U.S. each week and the members of the House Appropriations Committee for approving the Homeland Security spending bill on a voice vote. “This is a typical Washington response,” Riggs said. “Instead of dealing with the root causes of the crisis by securing our borders and ending the amnesty policies of the Obama Administration, they throw money at the problem in hopes of a temporary fix.”
Riggs called on Congress to eliminate all U.S taxpayer-funded foreign aid to Mexico because of Mexico’s failure to secure its borders. U.S. foreign aid to Mexico was estimated at $316 million in 2012, much of it intended for technology, training and equipment to strengthen Mexico’s law enforcement entities at the federal and state levels. “Mexico has become a corridor for illegal immigration into the U.S. from Central America and is a haven for drug and human smugglers,” Riggs said. “Its failure to secure its borders, despite massive assistance from U.S. taxpayers, has led to an unprecedented national security and humanitarian crisis. We should not reward their failure with another dime of U.S. taxpayer money. Foreign aid should be reserved for our allies and partners, not a neighboring country that neglects the 2,000 mile border we share with them and in so doing endangers the national security of the U.S.”
Riggs, a former U.S. Congressman, was a member of the House Appropriations Committee in the 104th Congress when the Republican majority cut spending and reduced the size and cost of the federal government, leading to a balanced budget. “The sharp increase in illegal immigration will likely only get worse until Congress acts to stop the amnesty practices and lenient immigrant detention policies of the Obama Administration, and also sends a strong, unequivocal message to Mexico that in order to be eligible for hundreds of millions in foreign aid from U.S. taxpayers, they must secure their borders,” Riggs concluded.
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