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 GrishamWashington governor plans major climate initiatives New governors plan aggressive climate steps Overnight Energy: Senate advances Trump energy pick | Manchin votes 'no' in surprise | Carbon emissions on track for record | EPA targets another Obama coal rule MORE (D-N.M.), head of the CHC, and fellow CHC member Rep. Joaquin CastroJoaquin CastroThe Hill's Morning Report — Will Trump strike a deal with Chuck and Nancy? The Year Ahead: Pressure mounts on election security as 2020 approaches Joaquin Castro: Trump would be 'in court right now' if he weren't the president or 'privileged' 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 TrumpHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Michael Flynn asks judge to spare him from jail time 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 RyanHouse Republicans move to block Yemen war-powers votes for rest of Congress Stefanik: GOP leaders need to step up their female recruitment efforts McConnell agrees to vote on Trump-backed criminal justice bill MORE (R-Wis.), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOval Office clash ups chances of shutdown On The Money: Trump, Dems battle over border wall before cameras | Clash ups odds of shutdown | Senators stunned by Trump's shutdown threat | Pelosi calls wall 'a manhood thing' for Trump Mellman: Enemies of democracy MORE (R-Ky.), Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard ShelbyRichard Craig ShelbyOval Office clash ups chances of shutdown On The Money: Trump, Dems battle over border wall before cameras | Clash ups odds of shutdown | Senators stunned by Trump's shutdown threat | Pelosi calls wall 'a manhood thing' for Trump Senators dumbfounded by Trump vow to shut down government MORE (R-Ala.) and House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney FrelinghuysenRodney Procter FrelinghuysenFeehery: How Republicans can counter the possible impeachment push Hispanic Caucus sets red lines on DHS spending bill Overnight Energy: Trump to nominate Wheeler as EPA chief | House votes to remove protections for gray wolves | Lawmakers aim to pass disaster funds for California fires 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 EscobarDems vow quick action to bolster voting rights upon taking power Democrats overwhelmingly nominate Pelosi as Speaker amid rebellion Hispanic Caucus sets red lines on DHS spending bill 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 KirkpatrickHispanic Caucus sets red lines on DHS spending bill Dem women rally behind Pelosi Arizona New Members 2019 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 HurdJuan Williams: Nowhere to go for black Republicans Texas lawmakers introduce legislation aimed at helping border counties identify missing migrants Members mark 'Repeal Day' with National Beer Wholesalers Association 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.