The Senate’s latest funding bill, revealed on a recent Sunday night, earmarks a staggering $1.4 billion for nonprofit organizations actively assisting migrants who bypass legal entry into the United States. Tucked away on page 67 of a voluminous 370-page document, this provision directs a substantial sum to the “FEMA–Federal Assistance” under the guise of supporting shelter and related activities through the Shelter Services Program. This move is part of the Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2024, which proposes a whopping $118 billion in total allocations, including significant funds for Ukraine and Israel amidst their ongoing conflicts, extending support until the end of December.
This allocation of funds to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) was first brought to light by The Daily Caller, highlighting a profound shift towards funneling billions to such entities. The FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program, traditionally supporting migrants and the homeless with millions annually, received $130 million in fiscal year 2023. This year’s proposed boost to $1.4 billion underscores an unprecedented scale of financial aid directed through a board comprising entities like United Way, the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities USA, the Jewish Federations of North America, the American Red Cross, and the Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA.
This fiscal generosity comes at a time when the southern border faces an unparalleled surge of illegal crossings, with more than 2.2 million encounters recorded by the Border Patrol in fiscal year 2022 alone, and the trend continuing into fiscal year 2023. Such numbers not only highlight the gravity of the situation but also raise questions about the prioritization of federal spending amidst a myriad of domestic challenges.
House Speaker Mike Johnson has voiced strong opposition to the bill’s approach to addressing the border crisis, with Johnson declaring it “dead on arrival” in the House.
This sentiment reflects a broader concern among many Americans regarding the administration’s handling of border security and immigration policy. The decision to allocate such a significant sum to support illegal entry into the country, rather than reinforcing legal pathways and securing the border, underscores a contentious divide in national priorities. This funding bill, while framed as a humanitarian effort, incentivizes illegal migration and the harms our national security and the rule of law.