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 GrishamHere are 16 places celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day for the first time this year New Mexico releases plan to provide free college to all state residents: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump takes 2020 roadshow to New Mexico MORE (D-N.M.), head of the CHC, and fellow CHC member Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroEx-Simpsons writer accuses Republicans of 'Sideshow Bob defense' in WaPo op-ed Democrats seize on new evidence in first public impeachment hearing Live coverage: House holds first public impeachment hearing 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 TrumpButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Kavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation 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 Ryan Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween DC's liaison to rock 'n' roll MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellKavanaugh hailed by conservative gathering in first public speech since confirmation Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyOn The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings Overnight Health Care: Cigarette smoking rates at new low | Spread of vaping illness slowing | Dems in Congress push to block Trump abortion rule Lawmakers aim for agreement on top-line spending by next week MORE (R-Ala.) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter FrelinghuysenThe 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority Top House GOP appropriations staffer moves to lobbying shop Individuals with significant disabilities need hope and action 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 EscobarRep. Veronica Escobar elected to represent freshman class in House leadership Brindisi, Lamb recommended for Armed Services, Transportation Committees House Democrats target Latino vote in Texas 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 KirkpatrickSwing-seat Democrats oppose impeachment, handing Pelosi leverage McSally gets new primary challenger Two Democrats vow to press forward on Trump impeachment 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.