GOP Sen. Lankford’s ‘Border Security’ Bill Spends 3X More Dollars Securing Ukraine than the Actual U.S. Border

U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) has released the text of a “bipartisan” border bill that provides almost four times as much U.S. taxpayer dollars to foreign countries as it does the actual U.S. border.

While $20 billion in the bill would go toward securing the U.S.border, $60 billion would go for “military aid” to Ukraine and $14 billion is allotted for “military aid” to Israel.

U.S. Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) pointed out that the bill would actually provide more money to Ukraine than the entire U.S. Marine Corps budget in 2023:


Lee also took issue with the proposal’s creation of a “Border Emergency Authority.”

The bill reads: 

Whenever the border emergency authority is activated, the Secretary (of Homeland Security) shall have the authority, in the Secretary’s sole unreviewable discretion, to summarily remove from and prohibit, in whole or in part, entry into the United States of any alien identified in subsection (a)(3) who is subject to such authority in accordance with this subsection.

“As to the substance of the “border emergency authority,” it appears to be left to the discretionary whims of Secretary Mayorkas—who, I might add, is currently being impeached for failing to actually enforce existing law,” Lee posted on X. “This is asinine.”

Despite the above, Lankford issued a press release saying his “border security package” has “huge wins for securing the border.

“I cannot imagine why any Republican supports this atrocious proposal,” U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) posted on X about the proposed bill earlier today.

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Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 19: U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) speaks during a Senate Finance Committee on the nomination of Chris Magnus to be the next US Customs and Border Protection commissioner in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill October 19, 2021 in Washington, DC. The hearing for Magnus’s confirmation comes after it was delayed for several months by Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) who called on the Department of Homeland Security to release documents related the involvement of DHS in the street protests in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images)