Supporters of illegal immigration have 1.6 billion reasons to thank the Republican Party’s leadership and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
Tuesday’s budget bill, which President Obama applauded, includes provisions for more than $1.6 billion to resettle illegal immigrants through 2018. The measure will fund the federal government through September 2016 if it is approved by Congress.
“We walked into these negotiations focused on making sure that Republicans would not succeed in advancing their ideological agenda. There were a variety of attempts … and we did succeed in fighting off those efforts,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.
Congress’ omnibus spending bill will require funds be appropriated, “for necessary expenses for refugee and entrant assistance activities authorized by section 414 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and section 501 of the Refugee Education Assistance Act of 1980, and for carrying out section 462 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, section 235 of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, section 203 of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005, and the Torture Victims Relief Act of 1998,” according to its text released Tuesday,” the Washington Free Beacon reported Thursday.
Conservative pundits blasted the bill, which Virgina Rep. Dave Brat deemed “a disaster,” WND reported.
“Jeff Sessions, senator from Alabama, is calling this a betrayal, fully funding the Obama immigration agenda, the climate change agenda, increasing foreign workers,” radio host Rush Limbaugh said Thursday. “He said, ‘This is why Trump is now triumphing here and probably will win.’ […] In the last two midterm elections, the American electorate has stood up and loudly stated, ‘No. We don’t want this. Stop this.’ It didn’t matter. […] Sanctuary cities, fully funded. All refugees, fully funded. The release of criminal aliens, fully funded. Everything!”
Ryan said in a press conference Thursday, “I feel good about where we are in both the spending and tax bills that are being considered today and tomorrow as well. The spending bill had some big wins for the country …”
But Sessions said it was unfathomable that taxpayers would be stuck with the tab for aiding sanctuary cities and the illegal immigrants their flouting of federal laws attracted.
“For years the American people have suffered under the lawless, dangerous, wage-reducing immigration policies of this administration,” said Sessions from the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. “They sent us to Washington – they sent us here, the people did – to protect their interests, to protect the people’s interests, to ensure the defense of their families and to advance the common good – the public interests. They did not send us here to bow down to the president’s lawless immigration policies, nor to line the pockets of special interests and big business. That’s not what we’re here for. Who do we represent? […] Because of this bill, sanctuary cities will continue to get federal funds … illegal aliens will continue to get the tax credits … and the president’s executive amnesty continues.”
Ryan defended the bill on Wednesday, saying, “In divided government, you don’t get everything you want.” His supporters note that $1.15 trillion in spending will be somewhat offset by a $650 billion package of tax breaks for corporations and individuals. A ban on oil exports in place since the 1970s was also lifted.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health, which recently began expanding its capacity to temporarily hold illegal immigrants, will make quick use of any funds appropriated to it via the omnibus spending bill. The Free Beacon reported that 10,500 unaccompanied illegal-immigrant children crossed the U.S. southern border with Mexico in October – twice the amount officials counted last year.
The Department of Homeland Security says there are approximately 11.5 million illegal immigrants in the U.S.