June 29th, 2014
01:58 PM ET
5 months ago

Obama to request billions to deal with border crisis

(CNN) - 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

CNN Senior White House Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report.


Filed under: Immigration • President Obama
soundoff (810 Responses)
  1. DC Observer

    If all illegals that work in the US were made to pay taxes like the rest of us, they would all go back to their homes

    June 30, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  2. Noah

    thanks obama, haven't you done enough already? get this illegal trash the fock outta here!!

    June 30, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Jerry Okmaura

    How many believe that if he spends the money, we will have solved the problem of people using our southern border to enter is country illegally?

    June 30, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  4. American Worker

    Negligence is expensive.

    June 30, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. Friends

    Finally. ! Something I approve

    June 30, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  6. Name Mary

    This is a disgraced to the Ametican public, to our ancestors, what the heck is wrong with Obama, send these children to his properties, and for that matter send them to the darn Bushes ranch let them take care of the dam situatio! I'm an American citizen, hurt on the job, hands are ruined and back with bulging disc's and having to beg just to get done SSD, I'm 61, and soon to be homeless, and these illegals are getting bags if money handed to them!!! So so not fair!!!! I've worked since I was 14, brought up the rite way, work for what you want, earn it! And now I'm begging for help and having to wait to see if I qualify!!!!
    Not so proud to be American! Obama should be impeached!!!!!!!

    June 30, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. brown

    Remove the incentives to cross the U.S.A southern border illegally.

    -No government assistance of any kind.
    -Stiff penalties for employers who hire illegal lawbreakers.

    June 30, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  8. Kathy, AZ

    --Since Executive Order is pretty much one of the only ways President Obama can get anything done - due to a DO NOTHING CONGRESS (mostly thanks to the GOP)–SO BE IT.

    Keep up the great work President Obama. It's unfortunate that you have to rule on your own because our congress doesn't want to.

    June 30, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  9. 1776usa2016

    The GOP/TEA has locked itself into such a corner regarding immigration reform that it will gladly let the President do this.

    .

    June 30, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  10. Tim Gray

    ummmmm, no.......There are laws on the books that congress has already passed regarding immigration, enforce them. They aren't passing new laws because they like the one we have, if they are enforced, as do I.

    June 30, 2014 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. 1776usa2016

    You want wall? Fine. Let's build wall.
    GOP never approves funds for wall.
    See GOP Wall Street cronies for why.

    June 30, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  12. Eric

    Everyone commenting that wants to blame Obama, go look up the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, which passed the House and Senate unanimously and was signed into law by President George W. Bush.

    June 30, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  13. yoshimoto

    for all of you who didn't vote for Romney, I told you so....this guy does not care about being re-elected so he is spending our money so he can be seen as a GREAT guy – well, if I bought everybody on my street a gift using someone else's credit card, I would seem like a great guy too. But I would not do that. It's not right.

    June 30, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  14. Linda Bryson

    The US government should send a BILL to these other countries for the cost of housing and deporting these people back to their own countries...and I would go as far as make the Mexican government pay for half of the fence for all the trouble they have caused their own citizens and ours and not protecting the integrity of their border.

    June 30, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  15. Frank

    Why don't we spend the billions on our own citizens?

    June 30, 2014 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  16. larry

    NO! You encouraged them to come here. You get them back home.

    June 30, 2014 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  17. mzfitz1215

    I want to see what Obama puts in writing first, sometimes what he says and what's on paper aren't the same thing.

    June 30, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  18. lB Colorado

    Don't sell mexicans short, they know exactly what they are doing, they are sending their children thinking that we "the nice" people will not send them back. I understand why the parents have done what they have done, but they need to fight for their own freedoms and NOT SEND THE KIDS here. Executive Order – really, you send all back home, they are illegal and have crossed ILLEGALLY, their parents put them up to this.

    June 30, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  19. plusonegolfer

    Am I the only one that is frustrated by Obama's inability to lead from in front? This guy only seems to react to things after the action is either over or so far developed that there nothing left but to make poor reactionary moves. We are constantly behind just about everywhere tried to catch back up...

    50-100K folks have come across the boarder so we need money to provide a better solution...pathetic way to lead. I had hoped for better...

    June 30, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. obama just borrows more and more and we pay more and more...

    what a totally useless president...he's following the George soros model....break the currency, then do what you want because its an "emergency"....meanwhile, he and his rich friends are shorting the dollar...same thing soros did with the pound in England years ago.

    June 30, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. mrl

    I would NOT give the money to the feds – give it to the border states to secure the border. You can NOT trust the Feds to do anything but advertise for more illegals to be sent here.

    June 30, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. Chalpa

    We should not appropriate any money until we know what executive orders on immigration the President is contemplating.

    June 30, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. CryBabies

    What took BO so long? Was he "evolving" on the immigration situation? Well at least he has made a move. And Kathy in AZ......The Senate (run by the Dems) is just as guilty for not getting things done......Thank you Harry Reid!

    June 30, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. larry

    We've had all we want of Democrat legislation. After Obamacare no one trust Democrats to do what's right. Send them home and build the freakin wall!

    June 30, 2014 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. Guest

    2 MORE billion dollars. HECK NO.

    June 30, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
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