by David Inserra
The Heritage Foundation
July 16, 2014
President Obama recently requested $4.3 billion in emergency funding, with $3.7 billion to deal with the immigration crisis at the border. While there may be a need for extra funding to handle the influx of unaccompanied minor children (UAC) and families, this does not mean that Congress needs to break the Budget Control Act (BCA) spending caps. Instead, Congress should prioritize funding as appropriate within its given budget. While it may be necessary to reprogram current funding, Congress should exercise more control over exactly how that money is being spent. If dealing with the current crisis is a high priority for the U.S., then other funding elsewhere within DHS or elsewhere in the non-defense budget should be diverted. Most important, policy changes that cost little but effectively enforce U.S. immigration laws are the best solution.



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