Brief Analysis of the House Republican Leadership’s Secure the Southwest Border Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Secure the Southwest Border Act of 2014
by Dan Cadman
Center for Immigration Studies
July 31, 2014
The Republican leadership is preparing to introduce an immigration bill to the House of Representatives. Division A of the legislation provides emergency funding to refill the depleted coffers of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Additional proposed funding will go to the National Guard and to Health and Human Services. This portion of the bill is an admirable improvement over the President’s own appropriations request. The second portion of the bill, which purportedly deals with border security, actually offers nothing of the sort. Buried in them is a provision that would allow immigration judges to grant lawful permanent residence to unaccompanied alien children. Leaving this matter to the discretion of a judge, rather than to the legal criteria for residence, would be a grievous error. Division B does not merit serious consideration by any member of Congress truly interested in abating the flow of minors northward.