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President Biden says he wants simple, status-quo legislation to prevent a government shutdown, but hidden in the fine print of his actual funding request is one of the most radical, anti-policing, pro-criminal proposals of his Presidency.
The Biden White House is trying to exploit the fog of a ginned-up government-shutdown crisis to strike a final, fatal blow against immigration law enforcement—by slipping in a loophole that would allow the White House to effectively abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by defunding it.
Last week, President Biden called on Congress to pass a short-term spending bill to keep the government open beyond September 30, when current funding runs out.
Throughout September, Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jefferies will claim that this funding proposal is “clean”—which in Washington-speak means it simply extends current funding without any significant new provisions. Nothing to see here, they’ll say. A careful read reveals that nothing could be further from the truth.
Biden’s “clean” proposal includes a provision that allows him to totally defund ICE, the federal law enforcement agency tasked with protecting the United States from cross-border crime and illegal immigration.
President Biden is demanding the ability to totally neuter ICE in exchange for simply keeping the government open for several weeks. This is unthinkably radical brinkmanship and political exploitation.