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June 25th, 2024
Rep. Grijalva Submits FY25 Amendment to Increase Funding for Border Communities, Ports of Entry, Fentanyl Detection & Improvements to CBP One App

WASHINGTON – Today, Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07) submitted an amendment to the Rules Committee for consideration for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Fiscal Year 2025 funding legislation.

If adopted, the amendment will:

  • Increase funds to the Shelter and Services Program (SSP) for states, cities, and nonprofits to provide humanitarian services to migrants by $300 million.
  • Increase funds for non-intrusive fentanyl scanners by $50 million.
  • Increase funds for Port of Entry modernization efforts by $50 million.
  • Increase 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.
  • Decrease funds by $600 million for wasteful and ineffective border wall construction.

“Rather than working in good faith with Democrats on a reasonable approach to the border, Republicans are once again pushing an extreme agenda with this latest funding bill,” said Rep. Grijalva. “My amendment to this bill provides concrete and real solutions to some of the issues border communities, like the ones I represent, face on a daily basis. It would help modernize our ports of entry, including the deployment of more fentanyl scanners. It would address the shortfalls of CBP One, which is currently limiting eligible migrants’ ability to apply for asylum. Lastly, since day one, local entities in my district have taken on the lion’s share of managing the humanitarian crisis. Republican’s continued assault on the critical SSP funds is a blatant disregard of federal responsibility and will deny communities much needed resources. I call on the Republican majority to fully address SSP program shortfalls through a supplemental bill and for the Rules Committee to allow a vote on my amendment into the final bill.”

Similar to FY24, House Republicans have proposed eliminating all funding for the SSP in the FY25 DHS 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 FY25 DHS appropriations bill will considered in the Rules Committee later today

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