This week, American Family Voices (an organization where I consult) released “American Snafu,” a parody of an “American Sniper” movie trailer themed around the current Department of Homeland Security funding debacle. AFV is calling on Congress to pass a clean funding bill, without the contentious Republican riders to defund President Obama’s executive orders on immigration.
Without resolution by Friday, DHS employees from Border Patrol to FEMA to the Secret Service to the TSA will be furloughed or forced to work without pay. Not only is this showdown irresponsible, but it’s also dangerous, especially in times of escalating terror threats from ISIS and increasingly extreme winter weather conditions that have triggered a State of Emergency across the country. This is neither fiscal nor defense conservatism — ideologies the Republican Party likes to preach, but not practice.
AFV and I agree with former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Tom Ridge — the debate over immigration should not be held on the backs of DHS employees, and Congress should not be playing political games with national security. The employees of DHS deserve better, Americans deserve better.