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June 26th, 2024
Rep. Grijalva Blasts House Republicans for Ignoring Border Solutions

WASHINGTON – Today, House Republicans on the Rules Committee denied Representative Raúl M. Grijalva’s (AZ-07) amendment that would have provided increased funding for solutions that border communities need to manage the humanitarian crisis.

“It’s clear the Republican majority would prefer to politicize border management and border communities for political gain than provide real solutions to the issues my constituents in Southern Arizona face,” said Rep. Grijalva. “We must reject the extreme Republican budget, which includes devastating cuts to Shelter and Services Program (SSP) funding that communities desperately need.”

Similar to FY24, House Republicans have proposed eliminating all funding for the SSP in the FY25 Department of Homeland Security funding bill. In FY24, House Democrats were successful in providing $650 million for SSP to reimburse local governments and nonprofits that care for migrants after their release into the U.S.

The amendment would have:

  • Increased funds to the Shelter and Services Program (SSP) for states, cities, and nonprofits to provide humanitarian services to migrants by $300 million.
  • Increased funds for non-intrusive fentanyl scanners by $50 million.
  • Increased funds for Port of Entry modernization efforts by $50 million.
  • Increased funding by $50 million for the availability of appointments for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection mobile application (CBP One) and improve language accessibility and usability for CBP One.
  • Decreased funds by $600 million for wasteful and ineffective border wall construction.

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