The bills from both the House and Senate are only about money - as they don't include any changes to immigration laws demanded by President Trump and GOP lawmakers in the Congress.
"But what the hell, let’s throw $4.5 billion at the problem with lots of perverse incentives to make the crisis worse, make no changes to laws, and wash our hands of it," tweeted Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX), who has criticized the lack of action by Democrats in the House. "That’ll do it!"
In a series of tweets, Roy said the extra money - while well intentioned - won't do anything to help in the long run.
"This is not the system we should have. This will not secure our nation," Roy said.
But the extra immigration law reforms desired by Roy - and demanded by the President - have not moved ahead in either the House or Senate.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, had wanted to press ahead on a bill to deal with immigration law changes, but delayed that on Wednesday, saying he was trying to work out a bipartisan agreement with the White House.
It's left both parties pointing the finger of blame at each other, with no guarantee of action even on money for humanitarian needs.
With Congress as yet unable to act, the Governor of Texas on Friday authorized the dispatch of 1,000 National Guard soldiers to go help at the border.
"The crisis at our southern border is unlike anything we’ve witnessed before and has put an enormous strain on the existing resources we have in place," Gov. Greg Abbott said.