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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soundoff (810 Responses)
  1. Arny Plumb

    The Federal Government has plenty of ammunition and weapons to "secure the border" just do it.

    June 29, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  2. Chuck

    He can't be trusted with U.S. tax dollars. He would most likely to use the money against the interests of the American people.

    June 29, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Whatever the billions will be used for it will NOT be used to secure the border. You can count on that.

    June 29, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  4. Farrok

    This is out of line; enough is enough. Arizona and the American southwest is being overrun with Illegal aliens. Many American children go hungry everyday and the federal government antes up billions for Non Citizens. Over 20% of children in Arizona, American Citizens live in poverty and there is bread and butter for these people?

    Enough ants can pull down a elephant and destroy it. With this type of activity going on it is only going to be a matter of time till America is no more. You can't engage in constant War and feed all of Mexico and South and Central America and expect to be financial sound and militarily sound.

    If this keeps up it's just a matter of time till America is no more.

    June 29, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  5. Kris Ford

    I'm sick of this and him. Keep these people out of our country. We do not need to spend anymore American dollars on people who do not obey our rules and regulations!.......No more tax dollars for illegals....Let him give some of his millions..and STOP golfing and going on his retarded vacations! This man is totally insane! I'm not paying taxes for criminals anymore.....My computer crashed!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2014 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  6. dt60093

    Put Los Zetas on the payroll to handle the border problem and use the rest to get medical treatment for the vets, hopefully not at the VA.

    June 29, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. brenna56

    Does he actually believe the repiglicans will allow it? They care nothing about starving orphans. Hopefully he will decide to take it anyway. He needs to stop asking and just do it.

    June 29, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  8. sickofitall

    no money for VETs while they die waiting but hey – give me 2 billion for a bunch of criminals that just crawled over our border...nice to see the POTUS has his priorities straight

    June 29, 2014 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. appalled

    That 2 billion could be used for our military as a human fence 24/7 and be much more efficient! Someone has to see that many crossing! This is more than ridiculous!

    June 29, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  10. qqq

    Where are the parents of these children? Why should kids from Honduras and Guatemala be an American problem?

    June 29, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  11. impoundguy

    2 billion $$....are you f-ing kidding me. Where is all this money suppose to come from?....just print it like it was monopoly money? You could build one hell of a fence for 2 billion $ that would go across the entire Mexico border....of course there is NO money for that...only money for paying the price for NOT doing it. America has gone from a melting pot...to a dumping grounds, with the rest of the world knowing it and taking full advantage of our lack of security to protect those who were ACTUALLY born here or who ARE Legal Americans..

    June 29, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  12. govwatch63

    Un. freakin'. believable.

    June 29, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. realmike

    No need secure the border. Just send funds to other countries. That will solve it.

    June 29, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  14. biorsel

    why do I have to pay for this kind of BS when I don't have enough money to send my kid to a decent college?

    June 29, 2014 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  15. LCSWquilter

    There is only one solution to this problem - comprehensive immigration reform which the GOP continues to block. I'm struck how simplistic the Republican response is to this crisis, like "build a fence" as if that alone will solve the issue to secure the border. I'm also struck how they want this resolved without spending money. Sorry, GOP, but even your beloved fence is going to cost a bundle. Today's situation along the border is the result of you failing to work with others to address this problem earlier - and look how many innocent children are suffering because of it. Shame on you!

    June 29, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Stan

    after 6 1/2 years he finally sees the problem he created

    June 29, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  17. denny

    If Obambas government builds the Border fence, it won't cost $2 Billion, try $20 Billion.

    June 29, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  18. Troy Jackson

    Obama and Pelosi needs to be deported with the illegal immigrants. Let them take care of them. Pelosi is a disgrace to the Americans and needs to be removed from office. She and Obama is a traitor and should be removed immediately.

    June 29, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Eagle0841

    Manmade Border Fiasco that the deniers just want to throw money at. Trickle Down Liberalism fails again.

    June 29, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  20. Troy

    Send them back immediately

    June 29, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |

    Why Are We Protecting the Borders of Other Countries When We Can’t Protect Our Own? or We can protect our borders, but the politicians or big business choose not to do so!

    June 29, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  22. Name

    Now he does it so he and his party can be the hero to thousands if not millions of illegals. Where was the need before the influx to strengthen our borders to the ILLEGAL ENTRY OF IMMIGRANTS obama.

    June 29, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  23. WW

    Help the kids of other countries. Ignore our own.

    June 29, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  24. msadr

    Woah! How 'bout we take that 2 billion dollars and spend it on our OWN kids, or our Veterans, or our Elderly, or our Mentally handicapped or pretty much any other actual citizen of the country. This really makes me furious. Mexico and Guatemala need to come get their people and stop dumping them on us.

    June 29, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  25. John

    That's great if the money is spent they way he says it will be spent – keeping them out when possible and sending them back when it's not possible to keep them out.

    June 29, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
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