by David Inserra, Romina Boccia
The Heritage Foundation
July 10, 2014
The President’s recent call for $4.3 billion in emergency funding to address the immigration crisis at the southwest border is not a solution to the problem. While the federal government does need to take action to better protect U.S. borders and enforce immigration laws, it should not exploit the emergency spending provisions in the Budget Control Act (BCA) of 2011. Instead, lawmakers should use the existing and ongoing appropriations process to better prioritize funding. Critically, the Obama Administration should also stop its anti-enforcement policies that are encouraging the increase in illegal immigration, thus making it more difficult and costly to secure the U.S. borders.