Media Matters reports that shortly after noting the Obama Administration requested an increase in funding for border security — less than a minute, in fact — Fox & Friends attacked the Obama Administration for not requesting funds for border security.
In the July 9 report, Fox “reporter” Peter Doocy — son of Fox & Friends host, Steve Doocy — described the President’s request of $3.7 billion in supplemental funding to deal with the crisis at the border, in particular, with the recent increase of border crossings by unaccompanied minors from Central America. Doocy notes that the request explicitly included $433 million for border protection, and “$1.1 billion for homeland security to step up enforcement and to deter border crossings.”
An on-air graphic underscored the point Doocy made.
Less than a minute later, when Co-Host Steve Doocy took the helm, these facts vanished down the memory hole. Doocy, who responded to the report by criticizing the White House for failing to request the funds, said:
Where’s the money to stop people from coming in? That’s the problem. We need a secure border. You know — one side says we need it. The other side said ‘oh, we have it.’ But you’ve got eight-year-olds just walking across. We need a secure border.
The Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement – $1.1 billion
This proposal would provide the Department of Homeland Security a total of $1.1 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Of this total:
- $116 million would pay for transportation costs associated with the significant rise in apprehensions of unaccompanied children;
- $109 million would provide for immigration and customs enforcement efforts, including expanding the Border Enforcement Security Task Force program, doubling the size of vetted units in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, and expanding investigatory activities by ICE Homeland Security Investigations; and
- $879 million would pay for detention and removal of apprehended undocumented adults traveling with children, expansion of alternatives to detention programs for these individuals, and additional prosecution capacity for adults with children who cross the border unlawfully.
The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection – $433 million
This proposal would provide the Department of Homeland Security a total of $433 million for Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Of this total:
- $364 million would pay for operational costs of responding to the significant rise in apprehensions of unaccompanied children and families, including overtime and temporary duty costs for Border Patrol agents, contract services and facility costs to care for children while in CBP custody, and medical and transportation service arrangements;
- $29 million for CBP to expand its role in Border Enforcement Security Task Force programs, increasing information-sharing and collaboration among the participating law enforcement agencies combatting transnational crime; and
- $39.4 million to increase air surveillance capabilities that would support 16,526 additional flight hours for border surveillance and 16 additional crews for unmanned aerial systems to improve detection and interdiction of illegal activity.
Facts one minute, gone the next. Can we expect anything different out of Minitru?
Watch the idiots on Fox break down Obama’s request for more border security funds, and then claim he didn’t.