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President Obama to request billions to deal with border crisis

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will ask Congress on Monday for emergency funds, possibly more than $2 billion, as the United States grapples with a surge of undocumented children and adults crossing the border from Mexico.

A White House official told CNN the money will go to securing appropriate space for the detention of children but also stemming the tide of immigrants. The government hopes to increase its ability to investigate and dismantle smuggling organizations as well as quickly return children and adults to their home countries if they do not qualify for asylum.

The federal government has struggled to process and accommodate the influx of illegal human traffic but specifically the spike in children. They don’t have enough beds, food or sanitary facilities.

U.S. authorities estimate that between 60,000 to 80,000 children without parents will cross the border this year in what the White House is calling an “immediate humanitarian crisis.”

Earlier in June, the White House announced a plan to spend millions in a government-wide response by sending aide to governments in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to help with crime and violence prevention.

In mid-June, Vice President Joe Biden also spoke with leaders in the three countries as well as Mexico about working together to promote security.

Biden’s objective was to emphasize that adults arriving with their children in the United States don’t meet the requirements for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which defers deportation for children brought to the United States before June 15, 2012.

Obama also spoke with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto about the issue and has warned families who see the dangerous trip as the best option for their children.

“Do not send your children to the borders. If they do make it, they’ll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it,” Obama said to ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

The White House will also ask Congress to ensure that the administration has the authority it deems necessary to effectively use these funds. That includes expanded authority for Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in processing the return and removal of unaccompanied minor children and increased penalties for individuals who smuggle minors across the border.


  • Mark Stabler

    Making space for the ones that have come? Why not send them to Mexico or back where they came from. Instead of reducing the number of soldiers, transfer them to the southern border and make the Nation secure. As the war in Afghanistan winds down, bring those troops to our Southern states. Shouldn’t cost 2 billion dollars to do that. We already have their equipment and they will actually be paid less in the US than when overseas. It is time to secure the borders. It should have been done years ago.

  • Ken Baker

    So, Congress has an extra $2,000,000,000.00 lying around unspent? Man that’s a lot of zeros!

  • LindaSue

    Send these children back to their home countries. We cannot care for those here now – certainly cannot manage more illegals !!

  • sophie

    So, he wants billions to ‘deal with the border crisis’? NO, he wants billions to keep and maintain the illegals already here and to bring in even more. What’s going to happen when the diseases these illegal invaders bring with them start spreading? What’s Obama going to do about that? What will he do with all the drug cartel members slipping in posing as ‘parents’? How about islamic terrorists walking in? The policies of this administration make no sense until you realize it’s all done with the purpose to bring the United States of America down to third world country level, or worse. Allowing, in fact, ENCOURAGING rampant illegal immigration is possibly the single most detrimental act being forced upon us as a nation. Think about our language, culture, way of life, safety, and sovereignty being degraded bit by bit until it’s gone. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m too old and entirely too AMERICAN to change now. We must demand of our congress an immediate end to the open doors, freebie, accommodating policy of this administration and BOTH political parties lest we will be the United States of America no more.

    • WeBuiltThisCountry

      Sophie, this country was built on equality. My grandfather fault in the Vietnam war and I served in Desert Storm. In my platoon was 5 Spanish men that love their country (USA.) Your undercover racist comments are disturbing. I pray you don’t spread that garbage to your kids.

      • sophie

        When all else fails and one can’t defend the indefensible, bring out the race card – even though race has nothing to do with the issue at hand.

  • JB

    I thought he wanted to allow the immigrants in to the country. He’s surely been against “dealing with immigrants” since he came into office.

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