Just when you thought law enforcement was in everyone's black books, Congressional Republicans are gifting Homeland "Security" with $40 billion.
The 98-page measure is the last of the 12 fiscal 2015 appropriations bills, and the House plans to consider it on the floor Tuesday or Wednesday.
Congress must pass a new spending bill for DHS before Feb. 27 or the department could shut down.
“The funding in this bill is targeted to critical security and law enforcement efforts that keep our nation and people safe, and ensure the laws of the land are strongly enforced,” House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) said in a statement. ...TheHill
Keep who safe? I don't know about you, but when our erstwhile president created "Homeland Security," my worries about America's hard right turned turned into panic. Now we have local police with federal funding (and all those tanks and megamagazine guns) going berserk when confronted with children brandishing plastic toy guns, and outright murdering minor stumblers like Brown and Garner.
At federal level, "Homeland Security" puts all of us -- and our Constitution -- at risk with gimmicks like "national security letters. American citizens are routinely detained when returning to the US.
Also at federal level, the "millions of alien children" storming the border seemed to justify more confusion and xenophobia. Meanwhile, the influx of Mexican and Central American children at our southern border has gone down 40% since the beginning of this fiscal year.
How is Congress putting together that $40 billion? Well, from defunding the current president's practical strategy to (finally!) clean up our immigration rules. A good part of the money will go to border agents (who have a lousy job and all too often do it badly,) reflecting our continuing ambivalence as a society about immigration).
Handing DHS $40 billion seems like a pretty bad deal, all the way around. Reminds me of those plane-loads of hard cash shipped to Iraq. Graft, maybe, but we'll never know. All we know about this $40 billion is that it probably wouldn't have been considered if we didn't have an unborn negro alien president defying the right wing of our noble Congress year after effing year for eight years. $40 billion is just part of the price we pay for electing really poor representation that uses money to bandage its own self-inflicted wounds.