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Obama requests $3.7 billion from Congress to deal with border crisis

Posted by on Jul. 8, 2014 at 11:47 AM
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Obama requests $3.7 billion from Congress to deal with border crisis

Reuters 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will ask Congress for an additional $3.7 billion to deal with a flood of undocumented minors entering the United States, White House officials said on Tuesday.

The Obama request would provide $1.8 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services to provide care for unaccompanied children who have been apprehended, White House officials said.

The president is also seeking $1.1 billion for the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, including funds for the removal of undocumented adults traveling with the children, the White House said.

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DSamuels
by Gold Member on Jul. 8, 2014 at 7:08 PM
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They could build a hell of a fence with that much!

supermonstermom
by Silver Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 12:34 PM
President Obama will seek nearly $4 billion to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally entering the U.S. through the Rio Grande Valley area of Texas.

WASHINGTON - President Obama on Tuesday asked Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funding to deal with the flood of unaccompanied children from Central America attempting to enter the country along the southern border, White House officials said.

The official request is nearly double the $2 billion the Obama administration previously indicated it would need, although officials had said the funding request would likely exceed that figure.

Republicans didn’t reject the request — but they leapt to blame the crisis on a 2012 executive order by Obama allowing undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children to stay indefinitely.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) offered a measured response to the emergency request, while noting Obama ignored his suggestion to send troops to the border. 

A Boehner spokesman said members of the House Appropriations Committee studying the border crisis "will review the White House proposal. The Speaker still supports deploying the National Guard to provide humanitarian support in the affected areas - which this proposal does not address."
 
'The White House said Tuesday that the U.S. is working through Central American governments and organizations to ensure that potential migrants "understand the significant dangers" a journey to the U.S. entails "and to make clear that they are not eligible" for Obama's order deferring deportation of undocumented children.

The emergency funding would help to pay for border agents, immigration judges, aerial surveillance and deterntion facilities.

Obama will be in Texas on Wednesday, a trip that originally was designed to raise money for Democrats. The White House added a meeting on immigration with religious and local leaders in Dallas.

However, Obama rejected a call from Republican Gov. Rick Perry to visit the border for a firsthand look.

More than 50,000 young people have showed up unaccompanied since last fall, many fleeing oppressive violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, but also drawn by rumors that once in the U.S. they would be allowed to stay.

supermonstermom
by Silver Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Border crisis 101: What’s in Obama’s $3.7 billion proposal? (+video)

The $3.7 billion emergency proposal includes enhanced border security and care facilities for the children, as well as additional immigration judges.

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The Obama administration requested $3.7 billion in emergency funds Tuesday from Congress to address the surge of unaccompanied children crossing into the United States from the south.

The request for funds – nearly twice as much as originally expected – would go toward enhanced border security, care facilities for the children, additional immigration judges and agents, and efforts to help Central American nations curtail the exodus of children northward.

The goal is to speed up the processing of the flood of immigrants, with an eye toward sending as many as possible back to their countries of origin and improving the detention conditions while they’re in the US, White Houseofficials told reporters. The administration also aims to deter smugglers from bringing more children to the US.

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“We are taking an aggressive approach on both sides of the border,” a White House official said.

Speeding deportations is a key piece of the stepped-up effort, White House officials said, both to address the status of children already here but also to discourage more from coming.

In a letter to Congress, President Obama also asked for legal authority to accomplish two goals: give the secretary of Homeland Security additional discretion in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied children from “noncontiguous countries” like Guatemala,Honduras, and El Salvador; and increase penalties for smugglers of “vulnerable migrants,” such as children.

House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman said members of Congress would review the White House proposal, but one element was already lacking, he said.

“The speaker still supports deploying the National Guard to provide humanitarian support in the affected areas – which this proposal does not address,” said spokesman Michael Steel in a statement.

Some 52,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed into the US via the southern border since October. President Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) are to meet in Dallas on Wednesday to discuss the crisis.

The $3.7 billion request for new FY 2014 funds from Congress covers three broad components:

Deterrence and enforcement. The request includes $1.6 billion for the departments of Homeland Security and Justice to support an “aggressive deterrence and enforcement strategy.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, would get $1.1 billion. Most of it would pay for detention and removal of undocumented adults traveling with children, expansion of alternatives to detention programs, and “additional prosecution capacity” for adults with children who cross into the US illegally.

An additional $433 million would go to Customs and Border Protection, including money to pay overtime and temporary duty costs of border patrol agents and facilities for children in the border patrol’s custody.

The Department of Justice would get $64 million, mostly to fund the hiring of 40 additional immigration judge teams and the expansion of courtroom capacity.

Foreign cooperation. The State Department would get $300 million. Most of it would support efforts to repatriate migrants to Central Americaand to help those countries better control their borders. Another goal is to help those countries address the root causes driving the out-migration.

Beyond the initial assistance, the White House said, continued funding for this purpose would be contingent on “sustained progress and cooperation by the Central American countries.”

Other money would support State Department media campaigns in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras targeting “potential migrants and their families.”

Capacity. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would get $1.8 billion to care for unaccompanied children.

“Without supplemental funding, absent undertaking extraordinary measures, agencies will not have sufficient resources to adequately address this situation,” the White House said.

If the funding request is not granted, the White House said, HHS will not have adequate shelter capacity for unaccompanied children, border patrol agents will be reassigned to child-care duties and away from their work protecting the border, and the Justice Department will be unable to keep up with its growing caseload.  

supermonstermom
by Silver Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 12:44 PM

I really don't understand why Obama would balk to the National Gaurd helping with the humanitarian effort.  It seems like it would free up border patrol.


nurse1997
by Bronze Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 6:04 PM
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Obama wants to keep spending friggen stop already  we have no money !

ladyvamp5489
by Bronze Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 6:09 PM

where is that money going to come from? 

candlegal
by Judy on Jul. 9, 2014 at 6:31 PM
I guess Obama does not know we are broke.we have given billions over the years to build a fence which was never built. Where did those billions end up?
FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jul. 9, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Where the hell is that money coming from?

This is such a mess.


lil_mama06
by Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 7:18 PM
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WOW...Unbelieveable...I'd also like to know where the money is coming from...

LadyBugMom09
by Silver Member on Jul. 9, 2014 at 7:19 PM
And THIS is exactly why immigration reform is so difficult. The Dream Act was a very noble idea, with good intentions. Now look what it'sprovoked. Parents are sending their kids by the hundreds, soon thousands over the border. Now what!?!?!?!!!!!!????? What a mess.
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