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June 12th, 2020
Rep. Grijalva Statement on CBP’s Misuse of Funds Detailed in GAO Report

TUCSONThis week, the Government Accountability Office found that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) used congressionally-appropriated emergency funds meant for improving care for asylum seekers to instead purchase dog food, dirt bikes, computer equipment, and other enforcement-related equipment. In response, Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva issued the following statement:

“While asylum-seeking women, children and vulnerable populations were suffering in inhumane, deplorable conditions in CBP facilities along the Southern border, CBP officers took congressionally-appropriated relief aid—that I and other colleagues opposed—and went on a shopping spree for themselves. Make no mistake, CBP broke the law and continued putting the health and well-being of those in their care at risk.

“This kind of blatant disregard for the law is typical of the Trump Administration, and it’s unacceptable. I will continue working with my colleagues to stop writing a blank check to these agencies with no accountability or transparency while working towards a border policy that prioritizes the humanity, health, and well-being of those seeking asylum.” 


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