Democrats Show Frustration Over Border Situation but Keep Failing to Vote for Funding to Address Crisis

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While some Democrats seem worried about the migrants coming to the U.S.-Mexico border and the conditions there, Democratic lawmakers aren’t putting their votes where their mouths are.

The House passed a bill on Tuesday that includes $4.5 billion for border funding amid the growing immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border — although the White House has already pushed back, saying President Donald Trump would veto it.

2020 Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) responded to an Associated Press article titled, “A grim border drowning underlines peril facing many migrants,” which describes a photo of a man and his daughter who were Salvadoran migrants and had attempted to cross the Rio Grande before being swept away in the water.

“We can never accept this as normal,” Swalwell said in response. “This is @realDonaldTrump’s America.”

However, Swalwell was called out by National Republican Senatorial Committee senior adviser Matt Whitlock for not showing up to the House vote on the border funding bill.

It’s worth noting other 2020 Democrats such as Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) and Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) were no-shows for the House vote as well, according to Politico congressional reporter Sarah Ferris.

Four controversial Democrats vote down helping the border situation.

Even after referring to the detention facilities at the southern border to “concentration camps” — which caused Republican lawmakers to push back and sparked outrage among a National Border Council leader — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) decided not to help the crisis at the border by voting against the border funding bill passed in the Democratic-led House.

The controversial freshman joined a few of her other close colleagues, Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), in voting against the bill. The bill passed with a 230-195 vote, with only three Republicans joining Democrats in voting in support of it.

This wasn’t the only time that Ocasio-Cortez’s words haven’t matched up with her vote. As IJR Red previously noted, the self-described democratic socialist bashed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), as well as slammed Trump, for “asking for more money to an agency that has systematically violated human rights.”

She then voted “aye” at the beginning of January to temporarily fund the Department of Homeland Security, which ICE is under.

Additionally, Ocasio-Cortez and Omar both previously argued in late March about the lack of room at detention facilities — before being reminded that Democrats have refused to offer more detention beds.

As for this most recent bill, Ocasio-Cortez and the few of her Democratic colleagues said they wouldn’t vote for it if it funded ICE and Customs and Border Protection.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) slammed Ocasio-Cortez’s “hypocrisy” in calling the detention facilities “concentration camps” — a remark that Omar defended — while voting against a border funding bill.

“On the one hand, she says you are running a concentration camp, and then she refuses to provide the president with the money to enlarge the facilities,” Kennedy told Fox News, calling the congresswoman out.

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Elizabeth
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Elizabeth

This article is missing facts, like WHY some Dems panned the bill/didn’t vote. (Is this article simply written to inflame passions? It certainly was non-journalistic in its one-sidedness.) The bill that both Reps and Dems passed did NOT address the administration’s accountability for the welfare of the children, nor did it fail to set a limit on how long a child can spend in a detention center. Dems understandably didn’t like that: But the Dems overall did cave and vote for it, even though it’s far from perfect, so that the children get some resources now. Dear author, why did… Read more »

James
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It’s easy to see those calling themselves “Democrats” speaking out of both sides of their mouth. Out of one side they condemn Trump (for Barry’s mistreatment policies) and out they other side is just more anti-Trump, senseless talk. No action; just more and more talk as they continue to receive their inflated salaries for doing NOTHING to fix ANY of the problems at the border. While the Dimwit Party continues on it’s “do nothing” parade, Illegal Aliens continue to INVADE the United States. The President should send the military to stand shoulder to shoulder against the invasion and do what… Read more »

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