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The Obama administration had warned Congress that failure to pass a border funding bill by August would mean DHS would run out of money, and would have to “repurpose” funding from other parts of the government in order to deal with the so-called “humanitarian crisis.”
That crisis involves the apprehension of 63,000 unaccompanied child immigrants, and tens of thousands of others from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
The legislative package passed 223-189 and includes funds for more immigration judges and National Guard troops, and provide aid to house and care for the thousands of undocumented minors held at the border.
Over the weekend, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said he has made these decisions, after Congress left without passing a border bill.
“We are disappointed that Congress left town a week ago for its August recess and did not act last week to help us,” Johnson said August 9.“You can’t fly an airplane without fuel, and I cannot fund a massive immigration enforcement effort without money.” “To sustain our campaign, I therefore had no choice but to re-program hundreds of millions of dollars away from other vital homeland security missions. There were no good choices.”
Congress left for the August break without finishing work on a border funding bill. The House passed one bill that would have spent $694 million on enhanced border operations, and approved another bill that would have blocked President Barack Obama from expanding an amnesty program.
The Senate left without passing any border legislation, and it’s not clear the Senate will try again once it returns in September.