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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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. EugeneBlair

    Quoting: "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."

    The entire $2 billion will be paid to the prison-military-industrial complex. It is used to buy weapons and vehicles from American suppliers. It only worsens "the problem" if there actually is one... and these things are usually very exaggerated 'news' stories.

    June 29, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    They're just here for the voter registration.

    June 29, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    U.S. should have built a giant fence making it impossible to cross

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

    the liar in chief wants to take more tax dollars to fund the crises he created

    June 29, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  5. Kenny

    This country is gone. Super-power will be lost to other great nations. The time will soon come.

    June 29, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Jim

    Yea, he is going to want 2 billion and Congress is going to lay out guidelines to which he won't agree or say he is not going to negotiate this....then he will say Republicans are being obstructionists and blame this for this crisis.

    June 29, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. jim

    If they would spend this money they are wasting on sending the illegals back on keeping them out it would be better spent!

    June 29, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. JJ

    Meanwhile he will demand tax payers pay more in taxes and buy these kids health insurance and food among anything else, maybe even housing, while our own kids struggle under student loan debt and lack of jobs.

    June 29, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  9. willhaas

    How is this newest request going to fit into the budget? The President is already late with the budget cuts that are suppose to go along with the tax hike on the rich and the ACA taxes as part of the President's balanced approach to deficit reduction. The President's economic "plan" calls for the federal government to post annual surpluses to be used to start paying down the debt starting in 2015. The President has yet to provide the financial details as to how his "plan" is even possible. With a debt of more than 17 trillion dollars, I estimate that the money the federal government is borrowing now will end up costing the tax payers more than 10 times the money borrowed to repay over the next 170 years. As the debt continues to rise the multiplier goes up exponentially. How is this new spending going to help make the President's economic "plan" a reality?

    June 29, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  10. Dave R.

    Well, we all know where this will go. If it were a Republican president in office, Republicans would overwhelmingly support it. But because it's Obama, the request will be DOA. Hypocrites!!

    June 29, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Steve

    Billions for a crisis that he pretty much created. wow....

    June 29, 2014 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. venitta

    Ok American people lets unite.....no illegals NO ILLEGALS they get no air TV time no marches no free trip in a plane home and housing here and back your country that we americans are now building.......imprison our own americans that disobey our American laws....
    Remember BUSH and I think REGAN and dems made amnesty possible and....what I am saying is this crosses party lines....and bill Clinton did the nafta thing and allowed them here for jobs and boarder visa/ job cards.....so we the people are going to have take it back cause now with those amnestied and dream acted and in top jobs but illegal now have money and power and even legal voiced over us the PEOPLE...

    June 29, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  13. rotorhead1871

    this is ALL cartel activity....tell MEXXICO to STOP and control the cartels.....they are moving into smuggling CHILDREN,,,and DRUGS,,,,STOP THE CARTELS.....

    June 29, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. toocoldinmadison

    Sure, why not borrow a couple of billion more dollars from China? A drop in the bucket, no? Of course, all those drops are adding up to an incomprehensible sum owed.

    June 29, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  15. CJ

    You could build a heck of a fence for 2 billion. All it's going to take is one terrorist crossing and blowing some of us up. THEN after some of us die, they will finally patrol our borders. Look at the shoe bomb on the airplane thing, we all take our shoes off at the airport because of one moron. If the folks that want the border sealed up were smart they would pay someone to walk/swim across it with a pound of C4 and then blow up the closest industrial plant, unoccupied but active would work. Then they would be all over sealing that border up.

    June 29, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  16. Paul R.

    Obama, it's not "a crisis." It's an invasion. Tell Pelosi to quit calling them refugees and quit saying it's a "humanitarian" issue. These aren't refugees, they are foreign lawbreakers. Deal with it appropriately. And bill their home countries to get OUR money back!!!!

    June 29, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  17. onlymho

    liar in chief wants to take more tax dollars to fund the crises that he intentionally created

    June 29, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  18. Newport Pagnell

    No Papers, No Entry, No Money!!! Send them back!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  19. Jeff Morhaus

    Get all the kids on bus and send them all back to Mexico. That is where they originated from. We don't need them in this country. And put Obama on the bus with them.

    June 29, 2014 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  20. Thomas

    What is Mexico doing to help ?

    June 29, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  21. John dos

    Even if he talked to the president of Mexico he dose not care. He is slowing allowing it to happen. He dose no care look how he let all the drug cartels take control of Mexico and he does not do nothing about it. If I lived in Mexico I would come to the US also.

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

    Bush's fault !!!...he created this law. And now there is a legal loophole in there.

    June 29, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    what happened to the giant fence?

    June 29, 2014 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  24. venitta

    my credintials....a nurse for 30 years in texas and a few other places with partime odd jobs that sees these illegals for what they are and taking nursing jobs cause they speak bilingual......my credintials a mastered degree student with internation friends that are law abiding.....some don't want to stay here but go home and help their own..... my credentials....friends I know hired illegals and I can't get affordable proper child care on my budget......seeing law makers that have lost when they try to not hire illegals and support our laws....

    June 29, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  25. Mike

    But Sarah, from the pictures I've seen, they're not blondes and redheads. They're illegal; plain and simple, and the fact that Mexico has granted them 'passage' through their country, because they have one of the most restrictive immigrant policies of any nation-state, and please pay attention to the 'state' part, really begs the question of how much they're (Mexico) is putting up to house and feed them? As part of this 'state', I'm appalled that $2 billion of my tax dollars is going to be spent on this.

    June 29, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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