Rep. Grijalva Statement on CBP’s Misuse of Funds Detailed in GAO Report
TUCSON— This 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.”