Photo by Gage Skidmore

ANALYSIS – President Biden just signed a massive $1.5 trillion spending bill with billions for his radical ‘Green New Deal’ climate change agenda while slashing border security funding by nearly half a billion dollars. These cuts are made even worse by Biden’s skyrocketing inflation.

This also comes as a flood of illegal migrants is expected to crash the border when Biden lifts the COVID deportation measures, and polls show Americans care far more about the border than ‘climate change.’

Carrie Sheffield, a senior policy analyst at Independent Women’s Voice, and also a colleague of mine and fellow ‘Robert K. Novak Journalism Fellow,’ notes in The New York Post that:

The nosedive [in border security funding] comes as illegal-immigrant apprehensions along the southwestern border skyrocketed in February to nearly 165,000, a 6.6% increase over January — and a 350% increase over February 2020, just after Biden took office and threw open America’s doors.

Sheffield explains that “This year’s crisis is likely to look even uglier. Authorities are bracing for a colossal crush of up to 170,000 people once the administration lifts the Title 42 public-health authority allowing (but not mandating) quick expulsion.”

President Trump instituted the Title 42 rules to protect Americans from illegal migrants with COVID at the beginning of the pandemic, and the courts have continued to uphold it.

Yet, even as he keeps other absurd pandemic policies in place for Americans, Biden insists on ending this one at the border for illegal migrants, to “provide relief to immigrants.” American citizens apparently don’t rate “relief.”

“CBP [Customs and Border Protection] simply doesn’t have the resources to deal with the coming crush, notes Sheffield, adding that a “desperate Department of Homeland Security deputy secretary, John Tien, sent an e-mail to employees Wednesday asking them ‘to consider stepping forward to support the DHS Volunteer Force.’ He’s seeking general support for CBP — including even help with data entry.”

That’s how bad things are at CBP.

Meanwhile, Sheffield adds, “The more than $20 billion in Green New Deal gimmicks in this bloated bill include an 8% increase for climate-change efforts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with cash for hiring “resilience-focused staff,” whatever that means.”

Sheffield continues:

While border security is slashed, the Defense, Interior and Transportation departments, along with loan programs to state and local governments, all enjoy funding boosts to fight climate change. The Transportation hike will, one Democrat claimed, “mitigate the effects of climate change in our transportation system.”

However, as Sheffield explains, “That’s not where taxpayers want their hard-earned money to go,” adding:

Both Pew and Gallup have found that Americans care far more about border security than climate change. More than three-quarters of those asked — 77% — told Pew that illegal immigration was a very big or moderately big problem in America today; 65% said the same about climate change, and 12% thought it wasn’t a problem at all.

Sheffield sums it all up when she says: “They say a budget is a statement of your values. Biden’s first annual budget as boss certainly proves his priorities. Democrats care more about climate-change slush funds than protecting America’s borders — even as their policies are about to make the problem even worse.”

Indeed – I couldn’t have said it better myself. 

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of

Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

Notify of

Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
4 months ago

He gets dumber every day

4 months ago

The “good” catholic still doesn’t realize that climate change is still God’s business and nothing Biden can sign will change that. He just can’t do enough to ruin our wonderful country and he’s doing his best to ruin the whole world. How much more can we stand?

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
4 months ago

Like that will solve migrant surge into US