June 29th, 2014
01:58 PM ET
9 years 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.

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soundoff (810 Responses)
  1. cuisinemanager

    Why is it that liberals always scream that they need more money to fix the problem. Using your brain to fix a problem works much better than using everyone else's bank account! It truly is time for intelligent change. No more hoping to fix things, we need a president that can actually get things done instead of blaming everyone else!

    June 30, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. TheTruth

    Why not use existing funds and existing agents on the southern border instead of the northern border? One station near Canada and overlooking an impassable river, in a small town, has 57 agents. There's no record of anyone ever crossing that river successfully in either direction.
    But they do have a really nice new office building .......

    June 30, 2014 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  3. Chad

    Request Denied

    June 30, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  4. Chad

    If the president just implemented the existing laws we will not have this problem

    June 30, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  5. oilman

    2B to handout for future party votes – what a shame our country has come to this – and you, the voters allowed it – reap what you sow – you are finished

    June 30, 2014 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Just

    Advertising the dreamer and amnesty thing for 6 years........how has that worked out?

    June 30, 2014 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  7. Robert Walters

    The only way America should spend two billion is to enforce our laws and ship them ALL back families and all; that is every country that have ILLEGALS here including Obama's family. No way should they house anyone, do not allow them in the country to start with, put them right back in Mexico for allowing them to travel through their country to start with.

    June 30, 2014 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. UriNation

    Stop allowing illegals from using US social welfare and associated programs and the illegals will stop coming.

    June 30, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  9. 2_indy1600

    Just as we can't be the police of the world, we also can't be the orphanage of the world. The last estimate I heard on getting a child to age 18 cost $250,000.00 Now we want to add college to that cost and bear the burden? Nothing about the situation adds up. Immigration laws must be enforced or changed, but R's in the house are refusing to act on laws just as D's in the senate.

    June 30, 2014 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  10. Plant Doctor

    It would be a lot cheaper to load the illegals on large cargo planes and fly to the southern Mexican border and let them go back where they came from

    June 30, 2014 09:28 pm at 9:28 pm |
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