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Dems Divided Over Border Aid Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 25 June 2019 11:18 AM

Democrats are split over a $4.5 billion bill designed to provide emergency humanitarian aid to the southern border, The New York Times is reporting.

A House vote on the measure is scheduled for Tuesday, but some Democrats are questioning whether the aid package will be used to carry out President Donald Trump’s enforcement at the border. The newspaper said the fate of the bill remains up in the air.

The Times reported some in Congress are trying to rush the bill — sparked by images of migrant families and children living in squalor in detention facilities.

The newspaper noted Republicans oppose restrictions in the measure. The Washington Examiner said Trump has threatened to veto the bill, saying it “does not provide adequate funding to meet the current crisis” and contains partisan provisions.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., met with some concerned Democrats on Monday night, the Times said.

“Democrats distrust this president because we have seen his cruel immigration policies and lawless behavior terrorize our constituents,” said Rep. Nita Lowey of New York, chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee. “That is why we have language to stop transfers of money for immigration raids and detention beds.”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio, D-N.Y., while on her way to the Pelosi meeting, said: “I will not fund another dime to allow ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to continue its manipulative tactics.”

But Rep. Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, noted Democrats are trying to advance “a bill that reflects more of our values.”

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