The Senate’s border funding bill released Sunday night would allocate $1.4 billion for nonprofit organizations that help migrants who enter the U.S. illegally.
Page 67 of the 370-page bill contains a provision stating that $1.4 billion “shall be transferred to [the category of] ‘Federal Emergency Management Agency–Federal Assistance’ to support sheltering and related activities provided by non-federal entities through the Shelter Services Program.”
The Emergency National Security Supplemental Appropriations Act [of] 2024 would allocate $118 billion in total, including $48 billion to aid Ukraine in its war with Russia and nearly $16 billion to aid Israel during its conflict with Hamas, until Dec. 31.
The Daily Caller first reported Jan. 24 that the Senate legislation would provide billions to such nongovernmental organizations.
FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter program provides tens of millions of dollars every year for nongovernmental groups to help care for migrants, according to the agency’s website. The program received $130 million in fiscal year 2023 to support migrants and the homeless.
The program’s funding is allocated to nonprofit organizations by a board of other private groups that includes United Way, Catholic Charities USA, The Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, the Jewish Federations of North America, and the National Council of Churches.
Illegal aliens have streamed across the southern border in record numbers in recent years, with the Border Patrol recording more than 2.2 million encounters with these migrants in fiscal year 2022 and more than 2 million in fiscal year 2023, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.
House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-Ky., said he doesn’t believe the bill will address the situation at the southern border. It will be “dead on arrival” in the House, Johnson said Sunday evening.
Originally published by the Daily Caller News Foundation
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