By Aidan Quigley
May 02, 2017
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Tuesday he was “shocked” that some politicians are celebrating the lack of border wall funding in the compromise budget deal.
“I am shocked at the behavior of some individuals in public service or public office that …. are rejoicing in the fact that the wall will be slower to be built and, consequently, the southwest border under less control than it could be,” he said.
President Donald Trump’s long-promised wall on the Mexican border, a key promise in his campaign, received no funding under a new deal to fund the government for the last five months of the fiscal year.
Democrats insisted on keeping that money out, and they are celebrating their success in the spending deal, even though Trump has repeatedly said in recent days the wall will be built.
Kelly said the budget, which gives the Department of Homeland Security $42.4 billion, will allow it to better protect America, including hiring immigration enforcement agents, improving cybersecurity and funding the Coast Guard.
“While we can never, in my opinion, invest too much in the security of our citizens and our communities, we will be able to both sustain our critical security operations and make improvements that will make us all safer,” he said.
He said the budget was the government’s largest investment in border security in 10 years.
“But we need more to keep moving forward,” he said. “We are getting the tools we need or beginning to get the tools we need, to make a change.”
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