United Methodists, World Methodists Urged to Aid Immigrants



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The Anti-deficiency act prohibits government agencies from accepting goods and services since those are outside the appropriations authorized by Congress. This prevents the executive branch from engaging in unauthorized activities. We saw this in the news recently about moving money from the Defense Department to build a wall. Unfortunately, the ADA has a downside when presented with a crisis such as what we have on the border. Our Border Patrol is overwhelmed. The solution is for Congress to authorize enough funds to manage the problem. The ADA does have this language;

§ 1342. Limitation on voluntary services
An officer or employee of the United States Government or of the
District of Columbia government may not accept voluntary services
for either government or employ personal services exceeding that
authorized by law except for emergencies involving the safety of
human life or the protection of property.
Referring to the detention centers as concentration camps or making up stories about drinking from toilets does not help in engaging in productive dialogue. Our poor border control comes from inadequate fencing, incentives for illegal immigration provided by naïve officials, understaffed immigration offices, exploitation by human traffickers and partisan finger pointing. Congress is not going to do anything unless intense public pressure is brought to bear.

Kevin more than 1 year ago

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