A handful of House Republicans tabled legislation this week that would freeze funding for the United Nations for the next two years and use that money to complete work on a wall on the southwestern United States border.
Rep. Bob Good, R-Va.’s Close Biden’s Open Border Act would raise about $22 billion for the border wall, with the U.S. government donating about $11 billion a year to the UN.
Good said the redirection of UN money made sense because of previous reports that the UN was funding non-profit groups in Mexico to help migrants cross that country to the southern border of the United States. United States. A report last year from the Center for Immigration Studies, for example, said these UN-funded groups entice migrants to talk about government persecution in their home countries, with the aim of help them obtain asylum in the United States.
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A statement from Good’s office on the bill quotes Rosemary Jenks of NumbersUSA, who said the UN is “actively assisting and abetting the influx of illegal aliens at the US border.”
“If the UN insists on using its funds to destabilize the integrity of our borders, it is entirely reasonable that we use our share of UN contributions for our own border security,” Jenks said.
President Biden visited the border over the weekend, but Good said Biden had worked to reverse the Trump administration’s tough border policies, including the push to build a physical barrier to deter illegal entry. He said Border Patrol agents supported the wall and that Biden ignored that good advice.
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“President Biden has also promised amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, and his capture, process, and release policies have allowed more than 5.5 million illegal aliens to enter this country, our knowledge, since he took office,” Good said. “It’s time to put Americans first and ensure taxpayer dollars come first to keep Americans safe.”
“This legislation would ensure that we finish building the border wall, and do so with a surplus, while saving American taxpayers money in the process,” Good said.
Good also criticized Biden for finally reaching the border after nearly two years in office.
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“President Joe Biden finally visited the southern border for the first time after spending the first two years of his presidency ignoring the border invasion,” he said. “I’ve been to the border five times since taking office in 2021, and I’ve seen firsthand the crisis at the border caused by President Biden’s open border policies.”
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Representatives Matt Rosendale of Montana, Tom Tiffany of Wisconsin, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Mary Miller of Illinois and Thomas Massie of Kentucky are co-sponsors of the bill.