Following Harvey and Maria, House Republicans propose $10 billion … for Trump’s wall

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Maria’s aftermath in Puerto Rico is nothing short of catastrophic. “Water, food, and fuel are scarce on the island,” noted Vox, with more than three million U.S. citizens facing the prospect of living up to six months without power. According to some estimates, damage could exceed $30 billion. Our fellow Americans are in crisis. Since the disaster, House Republicans, led by Congressman Michael McCaul (TX-R), have unveiled a $10 billion proposal … for Donald Trump’s racist border wall and immoral mass deportation force:

Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said his panel will vote on the legislation next week. The bill also would add 10,000 more border patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection officers, tap the National Guard to patrol the southern border and target people who have overstayed visas.

“Now that we have a partner in the White House who has made this a top priority, it’s time to send a bill to President Trump’s desk so we can deliver the American people the security they have long demanded and deserve,” McCaul said in a statement.

Yes, brown people have been a priority for this president, but insomuch as criminalizing them for their immigration status or ignoring their literal cries for help because he’s too busy being the commander-in-chief of his latest Twitter war. And now, McCaul is now championing Trump’s wall, despite saying last February that “I don’t think we need a 2,000-mile wall down there,” and that it’s “a very expensive proposition.” Yet one very expensive proposition that he’s now perfectly willing to throw $10 billion at.

Coincidentally, $10 billion is also the amount of money in the “rainy day fund” of McCaul’s home state, which Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is trying to access to assist his city—some of which rests in part of McCaul’s district—after Hurricane Harvey. But, Gov. Greg Abbot has denied his request.