The gaping deficit is a reminder of the extensive resources the border has demanded of the federal government in recent years, especially as Congress has balked at any significant funding increases.
The pressure to request more money — as House Republicans actively threaten to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and push for broad spending cuts — reflects the gravity of the department's financial strain.
Efforts to manage large numbers of migrants and asylum seekers illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border — as well as anti-drug trafficking measures — have put DHS agencies hundred of millions of dollars in the hole for this fiscal year.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is receiving a significant share of the new funds — setting a record for its departmental spending.
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