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Democrats want $ 13 billion to resettle Afghans after border wall is built

Representative Jim Banks (R-IN) said Democrats wanted more than $ 13 billion to resettle an endless flow of Afghans across the United States, even though they had previously spent far less funds on the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.

On Thursday night, every House Democrat and Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) voted in favor of a government funding bill that includes more than $ 7 billion to resettle tens of thousands, and potentially hundreds. thousands of Afghans across the United States as part of President Joe Biden’s resettlement operation.

These funds are in addition to the $ 6.4 billion for Afghan relocation that 34 House Republicans and 15 Senate Republicans approved in September. The total amount, if the Senate passes the fundraising bill, will reach over $ 13.3 billion, indicating that Congress will spend $ 140,000 per Afghan brought to the United States.

Banks, who has led House Republican opposition to the fundraising bill, noted in a statement that Afghan resettlement funding is well above the billions in border wall funding that were previously doped by Democrats in the House and Senate, as well as by some Republicans.

“So now it looks like we’re going to spend $ 13.3 billion resettling Afghan refugees,” Banks wrote. “But remember, Congress wouldn’t even approve $ 8.6 billion for Trump’s border wall. It is maddening to see our leaders continue to put America last.

In 2018 and 2019, House and Senate Democrats repeatedly rejected spending bills that would have fully funded the construction of a border wall along the US-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration. In some cases, then-President Trump signed bills despite not securing additional funding for the wall.

Behind the scenes, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) circulated a statement on Capitol Hill to Republican lawmakers noting their opposition to “the importation of random, uncontrolled and uncontrolled Afghans.”

“The [continuing resolution] which is to be considered today reaffirms the mistaken immigration priorities of the Democrats in Congress, ”the statement said.

“Not only is this endorsement costly and inappropriate, but the language is so broad that even non-Afghans ‘at risk as a result of the situation in Afghanistan’ are eligible for assistance. This will allow the Biden administration to resettle dozens of additional individuals with little or no connection to the US military or our mission in Afghanistan, ”the statement continued. “How is this in the best interests of the American people? “

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at jbinder@breitbart.com. Follow him on twitter here.

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