Hispanic Caucus sets red lines on DHS spending bill

Hispanic Caucus sets red lines on DHS spending bill
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is calling on Republican leaders to slash funding for immigration enforcement measures in an upcoming Homeland Security appropriations bill.
 
Rep. Michelle Lujan GrishamMichelle Lynn Lujan GrishamBiden pick creates furor, underscoring bitterness over Obama immigration policy Buttigieg, former officials added to Biden's transition team No documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden MORE (D-N.M.), head of the CHC, and fellow CHC member Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroHispanic Caucus members embark on 'virtual bus tour' with Biden campaign Hispanic caucus report takes stock of accomplishments with eye toward 2021 Democratic lawmakers call for an investigation into allegations of medical neglect at Georgia ICE facility MORE (D-Texas) want cuts to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention capacity and enforcement operations, as well as "zero funding" for President TrumpDonald John TrumpOmar fires back at Trump over rally remarks: 'This is my country' Pelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Trump mocks Biden appearance, mask use ahead of first debate MORE's proposed border wall.
 
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"We urge you to oppose a costly mass deportation agenda that undermines our public safety, economic well-being and values," Lujan Grisham and Castro wrote in a letter Tuesday to House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanKenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020 At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPelosi: Trump hurrying to fill SCOTUS seat so he can repeal ObamaCare Senate GOP aims to confirm Trump court pick by Oct. 29: report Trump argues full Supreme Court needed to settle potential election disputes MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbySenate GOP eyes early exit Dems discussing government funding bill into February GOP short of votes on Trump's controversial Fed pick MORE (R-Ala.) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter FrelinghuysenBottom line Republican lobbying firms riding high despite uncertainty of 2020 race Ex-Rep. Frelinghuysen joins law and lobby firm MORE (R-N.J.).
 
Lujan Grisham is retiring from Congress in early January to become governor of New Mexico, and Castro is expected to succeed her as chairman of the CHC.
 
The CHC request is being seen as a shot across the bow as Republicans seek to avoid a partial government shutdown over border funding during the lame-duck session.
 
Homeland Security is one of seven appropriations bills that need to be passed by Dec. 7 to avert a shutdown, and Trump has threatened to veto any bill that does not include his preferred funding amount for a border wall.
 
The House previously passed a spending bill with $5 billion for the wall, and a Senate measure includes less than $2 billion.
 
"Five billion dollars is a waste of taxpayer funding to build an unnecessary and operationally ineffective wall on our southern border," wrote Lujan Grisham and Castro in the letter to GOP leaders.
 
Republican senators this week called on McConnell to temper Trump's border security funding expectations, in the belief that a partial shutdown would hurt the GOP more than Democrats.
 
 
The CHC letter comes as the caucus's size and influence is growing; the group could have as many as 34 voting House members in the next Congress, up from the current level of 28.
 
The CHC's incoming members will include two border district representatives, Reps.-elect Veronica EscobarVeronica EscobarHispanic caucus report takes stock of accomplishments with eye toward 2021 Races heat up for House leadership posts Ahead of a coronavirus vaccine, Mexico's drug pricing to have far-reaching impacts on Americans MORE (D-Texas) and Xochitl Torres-Small (D-N.M.). As of January, CHC members will control eight of nine border districts; Rep.-elect Ann KirkpatrickAnn KirkpatrickArizona Rep. Tom O'Halleran wins Democratic primary Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick wins Democratic primary Cook shifts 20 House districts toward Democrats MORE, the Democrat who won Arizona's 2nd Congressional District, is not eligible to join the CHC.
  
 
With Republicans wary of a potential shutdown over the border wall, Democrats are digging in their heels to either reduce immigration enforcement funding or extract immigration concessions.
 
"We cannot allow for additional funding that would enable the Administration to further increase its indiscriminate enforcement of immigration law," the CHC leaders wrote.