June 29th, 2014
01:58 PM ET
8 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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  1. johnk

    Okay, this has good intentions, but instead of taxing Americans for this money, why not charge a fee to all car and commercial vehicles entering the USA a fee to cover this cost since both Mexico, and those Central American country's do not care about these people, and could care less in curbing illegal immigration into the USA. Here are the fees: 1.00 for every car entering into this country from Mexico. Three days work for those captured before returning home, a $5.00 fee for all commercial vehicles entering into the USA from Mexico. Yes, this includes all US citizens coming back from Mexico into the USA again.

    June 29, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  2. Garrett F

    Use all funds to immediately deport the illegal criminals. Give them a bottle of water, a sandwich, and bus them back. Problem solved.

    June 29, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  3. venitta

    ok I will write it again...KUDOS to MS Whitfield to ask the hard good questions....she just interviewed the guy who is an illegal who gets money and power and tv time and fimed the "documented".....just now ...KUDOS Whitfield....she asked "why don't you go to the back of the line...and do it the right way...( legally)" he did not answer the question and said there was not line and was arrogant and more like the rest of the illegals and amnestied persons in America...they dis regard our American laws and get jobs then create jobs just for their bilingual language that I as an American can't get and they passiviely aggressively waste American money time and make it harder for americans to get help and even do worst....don't wash the car correctly don't wait tables correctly and mistreat others but not their own and much more.......thanks Ms Whitfiled for asking him the real question....."why don't you do it legally" and he did not answer it like all of them do cause they have no RESPECT for America and our laws...and passively try to get what they want and want us to feel sorry for them.......they are arrogant, disrespectful ...andmore.....go home leave do it right go home help yoiur own people and give thanks for the free education and safety and more you did get as a kid.....arrogant....what is this that they are illegal get free government help then amnesty and a dream act then special jobs just for them cause of their bilingualness and power and tv time when we have ( they are felons...even their kids are felons) we have misdemeanor and felons that get out of jail and can't vote or go to school or get jobs that are real americans but our own are the mistreated ones.........discusting and unthankful illegals.....thanks again Ms Whitfield to ask the right questions that all americans are not given the voice for and told they are not political correct to say "illegals are wrong and felons"......I tried to get a job at a Hispanic organization and not even considered and are so many real americans....can't even work on the boarder cause no americans live there and no one speaks English and the farmer who was killed...I feel sorry for no illegal.....I say go to England to saudia or....you are illegal and expect more than our own americans get....why do my American children have to sit in a public school room with these illegals...why do I have to not be considered for jobs cause it is only for bilinguals......

    June 29, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  4. Kevin

    People are so focused on the border that they forget that's where entering illegals are most likely to be caught.

    Most successful illegal immigration is the result of overstaying travel visas. They buy a roundtrip ticket here, and just never fly back.

    June 29, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  5. alvin shafer

    Why does it take 2 billion to say no? This problem has been going on for years while states such as Arizona and New Mexico pleaded for federal help. We welcome those that enter our country legally, and we should punish those that do it illegally. What is the sense of having laws that forbid it. Is the 2 billion for hush money or pay offs for the those that want to keep hashing it out in Washington.

    June 29, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  6. Stevo

    If he would have requested a few $100 million a border fence. He wouldn't need $2B now. What a moron.

    June 29, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  7. cj

    For everyone that argues against securing the boarders over the last 20+ years on both/all sides of the joke we call Americas political system ..great call!

    June 29, 2014 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. Daniel

    He helped cause the issue and wants money to continue it? For all you that say "if we had comprehensive immigration reform this would not have happened" I call BS, we have laws on the books about defending the border and deporting illegals, BO has spat on those laws, invited everyone in and now wants us to pay for it. Wake up America

    June 29, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Paul P. Valtos

    As long as the government uses the military to administer the program you'll get no argument from me. If they are persuaded to privitize the thing the blood suckers will be filling congress with all kinds of programs and monies to get their hands on taxpayer monies just like "Atta Boy, Brownie" "W"'s horse farmer handled the Katrina disaster. Sure as hell I can just see it now. Ole Cruz will get his druthers in it and there it goes.

    June 29, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. v

    You caused this border crisis. Maybe you should start enforcing our Immigration laws and secure our border instead of asking for money to help with the crisis YOU started...

    June 29, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  11. Fully Aware

    Seems this elaborate escapade is just to be the smoking gun for the failure of Obama Care and why it will need more money to succeed, even though Obama Promised it will not result in a raise in taxes. We'll here's a 2 billion dollar tax increase!!. So Mr. Obama, to keep your promise you need to retract this request immediately!!! Whats he's asking is for everyone of us wage earners to pony up money for all these new welfare and health care recipients. If anything take the money and build them a disney land in their own country and keep them there so they don't spread diseases.

    June 29, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  12. Peff Jetzke

    We have a resource for border protection! We have National Guard, Reserve and Active duty soldiers. The war is winding down and these Soldiers, sailors and airmen need constant training. They can train and protect our borders at the same time. If we keep people from crossing the borders we don't need detention facilities or other services for illegals.

    June 29, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  13. Mike500

    What the Administration calls a 'humanitarian crisis' is really an invasion.

    June 29, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  14. venitta

    well I posted it again....don't like it....I will make it simple...KUDOS to ms whitfiled for asking the right hard question that no one asks "why don't you go to the back of the line and do it legally" he the illegal did not aswer the question but arrogantly said he did not want to do that he might loose his job and power....go home leave go help your own people...obey our laws....thanks whitfiled

    June 29, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  15. iceload

    How do we know this isn't an organized effort by foreign govt's to get rid of their surplus populations. This is how Castro emptied out his asylums

    June 29, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. tstormwarning

    Should not this have been address a couple decades ago? Now that the dam in is on the edge of complete collapse, we are just now applying a few "Bandaid" patches????

    June 29, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. Bob

    First of all illegal aliens are not immigrants or undocumented they are illegal aliens and in violation of our laws. The second time here is a felony and about 3/4 are here a second time. Offering a path to citizenship is in fact amnesty and/or a pardon for criminals. Don't lie to us! Give in this time don't be surprised when number three comes.

    June 29, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. McBob79

    They're illegal, not undocumented! While tens of thousands wait in line following the process out inept president refuses to secure the border and instead looks at these people as voters for his party. Pathetic!

    June 29, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Sarah

    If those poor immigrants were blondies or redheads, the Gestapos from the Republi-Klan Party would ship their citizenship on FEDEX Overnight, not questions asked !

    June 29, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. venitta

    they want to be illegal then get jobs by any means then get amnesty then a dream act then special jobs just for them take jobs and space in our public schools money that could help intercity or americans...they are not thankful for a free education and some housing that gets them to adult hood and don't want to leave and go home but stay in America and take up American time and money for their illegal issues....our own felons don't get what they get....thanks whitfiled for asking them the questions......arrogant illegals

    June 29, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. Beezer

    Sure 2 billion to help illegals but nothing for the unemployed people of the USA.

    June 29, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  22. Gary

    Congress will deny it and then blame the president for not doing anything.

    June 29, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  23. HomeBoy

    This is no surprise. Dem's pass law, and now we must pay for it.

    June 29, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  24. Greg Campbell

    The current administration is seen as weak on illegal immigration, and now some real problems have come home to roost. The billions he is seeking could have built a fence/wall. While both Obama and Hillary have shot down or criticized proposals for increased security or fences on the border for political reasons, larger problems have resulted.

    June 29, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. Suzanne

    Oh, NOW, he wants to do something about the border. Apparently, BO had never heard that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. More wasted money. Again!

    June 29, 2014 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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