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$113.6 Billion: Congress Appropriated 3 Times as Much in Response to Ukraine as Spent on Customs and Border Protection

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So, what happened at the U.S. border during this period?

As this column has noted before, the number of individuals on the terrorist watchlist that the Border Patrol encountered trying to sneak across our southern border has steadily increased in recent years -- rising from 15 in fiscal 2021 to 169 in fiscal 2023. So far in this fiscal year, there have been 58.

Which poses a greater security threat to the American people: Terrorists coming across our southern border, or a war between Russia and Ukraine?

In 1793, when France declared war against Britain and the Netherlands, President George Washington saw no reason to involve the United States in that conflict. As this column has noted before, he promptly issued a Neutrality Proclamation.

"[T]he duty and interest of the United States require, that they should with sincerity and good faith adopt and pursue a conduct friendly and impartial toward the belligerent powers," Washington declared.

He never backed down from this position.

In his Farewell Address, as this column has also noted before, Washington reiterated the principle of his Neutrality Proclamation.

"Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other," Washington said. "Real patriots, who may resist the intrigues of the favorite, are liable to become suspected and odious, while its tools and dupes usurp the applause and confidence of the people to surrender their interests."

 

"Europe has a set of primary interests, which to us have none, or a very remote relation," said Washington. "Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence therefore it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves, by artificial ties, in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.

"Our detached and distant situation invites and enables us to pursue a different course," he said.

"Why forgo the advantages of so peculiar a situation?" he said. "Why quit our own to stand upon foreign ground? Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalship, interest, humor, or caprice?"

What would Washington think about a Congress that invested more in a conflict between Russia and Ukraine than it invested in securing our own border?

Terence P. Jeffrey is the investigative editor of the Daily Caller News Foundation. To find out more about Terence P. Jeffrey and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.

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