The Trump application is spending at least $72 million to send troops to the U.S.-Mexico verge as a caravan of migrants arrives to seek asylum. That’s nearly doubled what the White House requested for the entire 2019 fiscal year to rate additional immigration judges to hear the massive backlog of court crates.
Earlier this month, several thousand Central American travellers arrived in Tijuana, Mexico, which borders San Diego. The migrants, fleeing want and gang violence, will likely spend months in limbo there as they await their asylum hearings due to the bottleneck in the courts.
Formlessness broke out on Sunday as Customs and Border Protection personnel used zip gas to repel some migrants trying to enter the U.S. The Trump administration desires migrants to remain in Mexico while awaiting an asylum decision, which could express months or even years.
The Pentagon estimated that the $72 million purpose cover the 5,900 troops amassed at the border until Dec. 15. If the errand continues after that date, the costs will increase. The troops are in to boot to Border patrol forces, but Trump recently authorized them to use press to protect the agents if necessary.
By contrast, the federal budget allocated objective $39.8 million to the Executive Office for Immigration Review for the full economic year, which started in October, to hire new judges and support shaft, a decrease of 47 percent from the previous year and just 55 percent of what the regime is spending to deploy troops to the border for roughly a month and a half.
In the good old days, Trump’s Department of Justice has temporarily deployed immigration judges from other in most cases of the country to the border. It has not announced such a policy in response to the migrant caravan.
Very many lawmakers have criticized the administration’s spending decisions.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Conurbation Democrat who was recently elected to the House of Representatives, called out the “financial recklessness” of the conduct on Monday.
“What if instead of sending 5k troops to the border, we had sent 5k caseworkers to con + process visa applications?” she tweeted. “In addition to averting moral emergency, it also would’ve saved enormous amt of resources.”
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, communicated in a tweet earlier this month that the president should send assorted officials to process asylum claims “instead of wasting taxpayer dollars by sending military troops to purfle.”
There are currently 411 judges on staff to adjudicate a backlog of hardly 800,000 pending immigration cases, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Rethinking.
In addition to troops, President Trump is also pushing Congress to approve $5 billion in in subsidizing for a border wall by Dec. 7, threatening a government shutdown.
“Congress, hard cash the WALL!” he wrote on Twitter Monday.