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By Mae Slater on
 April 29, 2024

Biden Administration Spending Millions On Border Security... For Iraq, Kazakhstan and Indonesia

As the U.S. southern border grapples with unprecedented challenges, the Biden administration is channeling millions into foreign border security. The Biden administration's allocation of funds for international border security has sparked controversy while domestic border issues persist.

The Daily Caller reported that the Biden administration has been actively funding border security enhancements across various nations including Iraq, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, and several others. These initiatives are aimed at bolstering the capabilities of these countries to manage their borders more effectively amid global security concerns.

Simultaneously, the U.S. has experienced a surge in migrant crossings and significant drug seizures at its southern border, raising questions about the allocation of resources and priorities.

The State Department's involvement includes a notable $4.9 million directed towards border security efforts in Kenya and Somalia as of September 2023.

Allocation of Funds Stirs Debate

Further scrutiny reveals substantial funds distributed among various countries; Kazakhstan, Georgia, and Indonesia received close to $3 million to combat border-related crimes.

This funding extends to other regions with Iraq receiving $500,000, Serbia over $1 million, and Angola $295,000, demonstrating a widespread U.S. investment in international border security.

These financial commitments are in stark contrast to the pressing issues at the U.S. southern border, where nearly 3 million migrant encounters have been reported in a recent fiscal year period.

Domestic Border Challenges Escalate

The juxtaposition of international spending against domestic border challenges is further highlighted by the Border Patrol's reports of significant drug interceptions, including vast quantities of fentanyl, from October 2023 to March 2024.

This scenario is unfolding as the State Department seeks applications for a new $1.5 million initiative aimed at enhancing border security in coastal West Africa.

Despite these international efforts, President Joe Biden's recent signing of a $95 billion foreign aid package does not include specific allocations for enhancing America's southern border defenses.

Republican critics have voiced strong opposition to these policies. Texas Rep. Chip Roy criticized the administration for neglecting domestic borders while funding international ones, calling it a significant misstep.

"It’s insane that this country has been sending money all over the world to secure everyone else’s border for years while leaving ours wide open," stated Rep. Roy, highlighting a common sentiment among his peers.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio also emphasized the need for prioritizing American resources for domestic challenges, particularly the southern border chaos.

State Department Defends Its Strategy

In defense of its strategy, a State Department spokesperson explained that the funding aims to enhance the capabilities of foreign partners to tackle transnational criminal and terrorist threats effectively.

"The Department advances these efforts by building the capacity of foreign criminal justice partners, including border guards, and connecting these partners to one another and to U.S. law enforcement," the spokesperson detailed.

This approach, according to the spokesperson, is crucial for addressing shared threats globally, including the prevention of terrorist travel.

Legislative Responses and Public Sentiment

The legislative decisions have not gone without further criticism from other Republican leaders. Ohio Senator J.D. Vance questioned the GOP's focus on foreign issues when domestic concerns remain unresolved.

Highlighting a perceived inconsistency in priorities, Vance called recent actions by the House GOP a "massive betrayal," suggesting that more stringent conditions should be placed on foreign aid.

These debates underline the complex dynamics of national security, foreign policy, and the allocation of American tax dollars, which continue to stir public and political debate.

Conclusion: A Multifaceted Issue

The Biden administration's multi-million dollar funding for foreign border security, while facing escalating issues at the domestic front, has ignited a fiery debate among lawmakers and the public alike. These developments highlight the balancing act between addressing international responsibilities and responding to internal security needs. The story of U.S. border security funding is one of complex priorities and varied responses, underpinning broader discussions about national and international security strategy.

Written By:
Mae Slater

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