Will DHS Get an Additional $78 Million to Handle Surge of Illegal Immigrant Children?

Updated 2:10 PM EDT: According to CQ.com (sub. req’d), “House appropriators voted Wednesday to rearrange spending levels in their fiscal 2015 Homeland Security spending bill to help handle the unprecedented surge of unaccompanied minors crossing the southern border.”  The bill provides $39.2 billion in funding for DHS.

The massive surge of unaccompanied illegal minors crossing the southern border has been a major headline this week, with conservative lawmakers blaming President Obama’s policies for the trend and Obama calling it an “urgent humanitarian crisis.”  Children as young as 5 years old from Mexico and Central America are crossing dangerous terrain and ending up in U.S. holding facilities.

Homeland Security and Border Patrol facilities in Texas have become “overwhelmed” by the recent influx of illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico and Central America,” the Daily Signal reported.  They are being relocated to Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona.  

And carrying out the resettlement process for these children comes with a cost. Lawmakers are now considering how much additional funding the Department of Homeland Security will need to carry out these tasks.  CQ.com reports (sub. req’d):

The House Appropriations Committee is now considering whether to rearrange funding levels in its fiscal 2015 Homeland Security spending bill to find an extra $78 million to help handle the surge of immigrant children entering the United States illegally.


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Washington is Making College Less Affordable

Between Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) 23% and President Obama, the left has made some pretty solid efforts to ensure college tuition remains on the rise, even if that is not their intention.

President Obama signed a memorandum Monday to extend the “Pay as You Earn” program to 5 million previously ineligible borrowers who took out student loans prior to 2007.  While that may seem like a good move politically, it will harm students and taxpayers in the long run because it fails to get at the root cause of rising college tuition costs.

Current student loan policy already affords students generous options for financing their education and paying off their loans, but it puts no downward pressure on the cost of college tuition.  The “Pay as You Earn” program caps what students can be required to pay to just 10 percent of discretionary income, and forgiveness begins after just 20 years (10 for those in “public service). 

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Incentivizing Risk and Trauma

Many advocates of Rep. Jeffrey Denham (R-CA) 34%‘s Encourage Newly Legalized Immigrants to Start Training (ENLIST) Act have clung fiercely to the claim that they are acting in the compassionate interests of unlawful immigrant minors seeking asylum.

Little has been said, however, about the perverse and perilous incentives this policy would create. If the bipartisan congressional coalition is successful in passing a bill to legalize DREAMers by way of military enlistment, the law will inevitably (and has already begun to) encourage families to send young kids into the country by any means necessary, no matter how costly or dangerous the route.

According to the Washington Times, authorities are anticipating more than 90,000 children will be apprehended on the U.S. side of the border this year and more than 140,000 to be caught next year. “That doesn’t include,” the Times went on, “the tens of thousands more who avoid capture.”

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Real Facts of the Export-Import Bank

Despite torrents of opposition to the Ex-Im slush fund for corporate welfare, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is sticking to its guns. Last week, it released a series of “facts” to promote reauthorization of its charter this fall.

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Obama Attacks Coal, Mary Landrieu Does Some Damage Control

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has a Heritage Action scorecard score of 2 percent — something that should make conservatives cringe.  Her score demonstrates that with almost every vote she takes, she diminishes our freedom and prosperity and grows big government.

In light of the votes she’s taken in the Senate, it’s almost humorous that on one very important issue, she’s trying desperately to distance herself from President Obama and the left: coal.

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