Texas’ congressional Democrats unanimously supported an effort to prevent any federal funds from reimbursing the state’s Operation Lone Star border initiative.
The vote came after San Antonio Democrat U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro filed an amendment to the congressional spending bill stating that “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for the Texas border and immigration enforcement program known as Operation Lone Star.”
Texas has spent around $10 billion for the effort, as millions of illegal aliens have flooded across the southern border since President Joe Biden took office.
The amendment ultimately failed by a vote of 220-2011.
Among those voting no was U.S. Rep. Colin Allred (D–Dallas), who is currently running to be the Democrat Senate candidate against U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R–TX).
“Texas’s southern border is being overwhelmed by an historic influx of migrants but Colin Allred refuses to break with DC Democrats to give Texas the funding it needs to secure the border,” said National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Philip Letsou. “If Allred were smart, he’d drop out now and run again for his safe Democrat seat in the House.”
Allred did not respond to a request for comment