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 GrishamNew governors chart ambitious paths in first 100 days Leader of militia group allegedly talked of assassination training for Obama, Clinton FBI arrests leader of militia seen detaining migrants on gun charge MORE (D-N.M.), head of the CHC, and fellow CHC member Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroJulián Castro jokes about his looks after forum mistakenly uses twin brother's photo Dems charge ahead on immigration MJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid 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 TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey 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 RyanAppeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers FEC filing: No individuals donated to indicted GOP rep this cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Waiting on Mueller: Answers come on Thursday MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellElection agency limps into 2020 cycle The Hill's Morning Report - Will Joe Biden's unifying strategy work? Dems charge ahead on immigration MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig Shelby20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall Conservatives urge Trump to stick with Moore for Fed Poll: Roy Moore leading Alabama GOP field 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 EscobarHispanic Caucus asks for meeting with top immigration official Border Dems introduce resolution condemning Trump's closure threats From avocados to beer: 5 areas taking a hit if Trump closes southern border 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 KirkpatrickDemocrats introduce bill to let 'Dreamers' work for Congress Push for ‘Medicare for all’ worries centrist Dems GOP compares Ocasio-Cortez to Trump MORE, the Democrat who won Arizona's 2nd Congressional District, is not eligible to join the CHC.
  
The lone Republican border representative, Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdFreshman House Dems surge past GOP in money race DCCC opens Texas office to protect House pickups, target vulnerable GOP seats Dems ramp up subpoena threats MORE (Texas), has consistently spoken out against Trump's wall proposal and has worked closely with Democrats on pairing border security funding to immigration reform.
 
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.