Bush: Borders less secure if Congress cuts off DHS dollars

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Posted: Feb 27, 2015 2:56 PM
Bush: Borders less secure if Congress cuts off DHS dollars

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he doesn't see how cutting off the Department of Homeland Security's budget would make the United States' borders more secure.

Bush on Friday spoke to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington as Congress wrangled over Homeland Security's budget. Some lawmakers are opposed to spending cash on the department without stripping out President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.

Bush says he wants Congress to pass a bill that blocks Obama's actions. But he also says denying Homeland Security its budget would weaken the borders the department is tasked with patrolling.

Bush, who is considering a White House run, is working to win over conservative activists who are queasy about his record on immigration and education policies.