Contrast in Border Spending: Bill Allocates $380M for Middle East, What about the American Border?

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 04/03/2024
The $1.2 trillion spending bill that Congress passed and Joe Biden signed into law last month includes a plan to spend at least $380 million on protecting the borders of several Middle Eastern countries. The American border, on the other hand, stays open.

The $380 million funding will be available until September 2025, according to Fox News. It will pay for "enhanced border security" steps in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, and Tunisia. Jordan will get $150 million, which is the most of the five.

With the Biden Administration's "open-borders" policy toward immigration still in place, Republicans were quick to call this measure arrogant and tone-deaf. Putting foreign borders ahead of American borders goes against the new "America First" method that President Donald Trump is pushing for the Republican Party.

In 2022, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) said, "You see them rushing this thing through at night with billions of dollars in things that they are doing to secure borders in other countries and making it harder to secure borders in our own."

The conservative reaction against the spending bill led Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) to file a motion to remove against Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.). She accused Johnson of "betraying" the "confidence" of House Republicans by letting the bill pass with Republican support.

Democrats, including Biden, have finally started to recognize the southern border as a crisis in recent months. This is likely because it has been constantly high in polls as the most important problem for primary voters this year. But Democrats have tried to blame the problem on President Trump and Republicans for not passing a border bill earlier this year. Republicans were against the bill because it would have allowed a lot more legal immigration and not paid much attention to actually protecting the border.


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