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 GrishamWalmart to stop selling guns in New Mexico New Mexico governor to Nike after Arizona snub: 'Let's talk' Border militia group member charged with impersonation of a US border patrol agent MORE (D-N.M.), head of the CHC, and fellow CHC member Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke Cummings: Treatment of young migrants is 'government-sponsored child abuse' 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 Trump#IStandWithIlhan trends after crowd at Trump rally chants 'Send her back' 'Racism' top search after Trump rally: Merriam Webster Ocasio-Cortez offers encouragement to those 'scared for our future' after Trump rally MORE's proposed border wall.
 
ADVERTISEMENT
"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 RyanOcasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller House Republicans dismissive of Paul Ryan's take on Trump MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment White House, Congress inch toward debt, budget deal Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyThe Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment White House, Congress inch toward debt, budget deal GOP struggles to find backup plan for avoiding debt default 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 EscobarHere are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Ocasio-Cortez defends being sworn in at hearing on conditions for migrants Live coverage: House Oversight examines Trump family separation policy 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 face voters clamoring for impeachment Arizona Dems ask DHS to appoint 'crisis coordinator' at border Democrats introduce bill to let 'Dreamers' work for Congress 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 HurdDemocratic strategist on Trump tweets: 'He's feeding this fear and hate' Poll shows congresswomen attacked by Trump with weak favorability ratings Trump taunts 'squad' in new video 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.