Building barriers

Building barriers

On Thursday, House Democrats unveiled their proposal for a $55 billion Department of Homeland Security budget. The proposal includes some strong provisions – including no funding for a border wall, no new Border Patrol agents, and a requirement for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to cut its detention of immigrants and phase out the jailing of immigrant families. But there are also a number of troubling elements, chief among them is reportedly $400 million dollars for US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to invest in additional border technology, likely in an effort to build what many legislators have dubbed as the ‘smart wall’. This funding does not even include the additional money in the proposal for technology devoted to ports of entry, biometrics, and other immigration

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