COMPASS: Congress prepares more spending for Ukraine & COVID while southern border in chaos

April 25th, 2022

Good afternoon from Capitol Hill. Rest in peace Orrin Hatch, the longest serving Republican senator in U.S. history, who passed away this weekend at age 88.

The House and Senate are back in session this week with an eye toward more and more supplemental spending bills: another for Ukraine, and another for COVID. The House and Senate are also working through negotiations on a bill intended to take on China (but which is packed with pork and other priorities).

One area not being funded is the southern border. This, as the Biden administration plows ahead with its plan to lift the application of Title 42 at the border. Title 42 allows an expedited deportation of illegal migrants during a public health emergency. Even in spite of Title 42, which has been in place since 2020, there have been record border crossings. If Title 42 is lifted, the surge of illegal crossings is going to turn into a tidal wave – one the Biden administration and the Democratic Congress are intentionally leaving U.S. Border Patrol unprepared to handle.

Last week, the consequences of that under-resourcing and chaos cost a National Guardsman his life. Specialist Bishop E. Evans, 22, dove into the waters of the Rio Grande to save two migrants who were struggling in the water. He was swept away. His body has not been found, and he is presumed dead. The two migrants he was trying to save were brought safely to shore. In addition to crossing illegally, they were also trafficking drugs.

SPC Evans was on the border, deployed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, to police areas the federal government was not. In giving his life in the line of duty – to save people clearly breaking our laws – he demonstrated the most American type of bravery, the type that compels our men and women to put their lives on the line for every person regardless of who they are and what they’ve done.

To put a very fine point on it: the unchecked, unmitigated chaos at the border is a policy choice. And the longer it continues, the more lives it will cost on every side of the border – among the vulnerable migrants trafficked, smuggled and abused by drug cartels, and among American law enforcement, who daily discharge their duty to protect both the rule of law and the human lives entangled within it.

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One More Thing…

Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) is with a group of congressional Republicans at the southern border today. Watch him discuss the death of SPC. Bishop Evans.