Key Dems push back on Trump's $4.5b border request

Key Dems push back on Trump's $4.5b border request
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Key Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee pushed back Wednesday at President TrumpDonald John TrumpTed Cruz knocks New York Times for 'stunning' correction on Kavanaugh report US service member killed in Afghanistan Pro-Trump website edited British reality star's picture to show him wearing Trump hat MORE’s request for $4.5 billion in emergency spending at the border.

Rep. Lucille Roybal-AllardLucille Roybal-AllardTrump rips Puerto Rico as 'corrupt' as storm approaches Schumer blasts Trump officials: Diverting FEMA money to border 'backwards and cruel' Trump administration pulling millions from FEMA, other agencies to send to border MORE (Calif.), the top House Democrat on Homeland Security spending, accused Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of being too focused on adding detention beds, a major sticking point for Democrats who see detaining undocumented immigrants who have not committed other crimes is a waste of resources.

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“Additional funding simply rewards ICE for its poor fiscal management and inability to prioritize enforcement efforts,” she said. “Before Congress considers any additional resources for ICE, the agency must demonstrate that it is appropriately prioritizing the use of its existing resources.”

She also called a proposal to shift asylum screenings to Customs and Border Patrol “ill-advised.”

“Border Patrol agents are already overwhelmed in trying to perform their own duties. To protect the integrity of the asylum process, we must ensure that asylum seekers are evaluated only by trained asylum officers,” she said.

Rep. Rosa DeLauroRosa Luisa DeLauroOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — FDA says Juul illegally marketed e-cigarettes | AMA warns against vaping after deaths | Two Planned Parenthood clinics to close in Ohio Overnight Health Care: Watchdog details severe trauma suffered by separated children | Judge approves B CVS-Aetna merger | House Dem Caucus chair backs 'Medicare for All' On The Money: Stocks decline as Trump digs in on trade war | New tariffs on Chinese goods take effect | Deutsche Bank throws curveball in Trump tax return fight MORE (D-Conn.), who heads the appropriations subcommittee in charge of Health and Human Services, objected to the administration’s request for $2.9 billion for the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

She said it was not the health agency’s job to enforce immigration policy, and that she would ensure there are conditions attached to make sure the refugee office is fulfilling its core mission.

The White House says it is running out of money because of an onslaught of asylum seekers at the southern border. The number of migrant families crossing the border was set to double in comparison to last year, according to the White House.

Without more funds, the White House said, funds for unaccompanied children crossing the border into the U.S. would be depleted by June.