The Department of Homeland Security is lobbying Congress to pass the funding President Obama is requesting for DHS:
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson:
I continue to stress the need for a DHS appropriations bill for FY 2015, unburdened by politically charged amendments that attempt to defund our executive actions on immigration reform. The President has made plain that he will veto a bill that includes such language.
At present, the Department of Homeland Security is operating on a continuing resolution that expires on February 27. As long as this Department is funded by a continuing resolution, there are a whole series of activities vital to homeland security and public safety that cannot be undertaken. The public must be aware of the real impacts to homeland security as long as DHS is funded by a continuing resolution, or, still worse, if Congress were to permit our funding to lapse altogether and the Department of Homeland Security goes into government shutdown.
Currently there is debate over funding for enforcement of Obama’s executive amnesty, so it’s strange that DHS is saying border security could be threatened if funding isn’t provided for the millions of people who are already in the country illegally:
And there’s the irony!
Additionally, most DHS personnel are considered essential and would remain on the job even in the event of a shutdown.