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. Caihlyn

    The influx of immigrants will create jobs for Americans near the border. Agencies need to be staffed by Americans to locate parents of unattended children, food and lodging need to be prepared and provided, nurses are needed to give each a health checkup and attend to minor health issues, language instructors are needed, social workers and needed, teachers are needed, construction workers are needed to build shelters. If the government is going to provide the capital, let the Americans in that part of the country benefit while helping to care for their fellow displaced human beings.

    June 29, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  2. Sheepleherder

    There wouldn't be a "crisis" if he hadn't created one. Now he want's us to pony up the money to fix his screwup.

    June 29, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  3. Jim

    I would give the money to the border states to use for border security. Obama has shown he will do what he wants and ignore the law.

    June 29, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  4. RB

    Sounds like the GOPee'rs will be finally getting what they have been whining about for years, an "Iron Curtain" on the Mexican border! I lived in Arizona briefly back in the early 80s and all these wealthy business people were defending the usage of illegals in a wide range of methods, in order to get that cheap labor, no income taxes, no workers comp., no S.S., no decent housing or associated insurances. They were making a killing in profits off these people and didn't want any or very few Yankees or local legals for workers! Just imagine the profits they had made off the local low wagers and then think of the profits they made off these people that worked for one tenth the income and lived in a cardboard shack! Now that the politics has changed, look who now wants them out!!

    June 29, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Troy

    If they give him 2 bilion dollars for these illegal immigrants we need to start the revolution. That 2 billion should go to our vets and to our people needing help not illegal immigrants. We need to remove every single one of these politicians we need to take our country back and soon. If we do not we will not have a country left for ourselves and our kids. These politicians are destroying our way of life and our ability to survive. Why is everyone letting them continue to do this?

    June 29, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  6. liberty

    If we are to be a moral and righteous country that we have put ourselves to be, we would not treat children in need by sending them back.

    June 29, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  7. Paulie 'Little sack of" Donuts

    This is all a ploy to get immigration reform passed. Funny that its been going on so long, but just now they need this money. Obama loves playing people for a fool and there sure are a lot of liberal fools. Want to solve the situation? Send them back to Mexico the way they came. The Mexican Government let them through their territory and illegal immigration in mexico is a Felony. It should be here also. With extremely harsh circumstances for punishment.

    June 29, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Merle McClung

    Don't look to the GOP for leadership on this, even though the states who are taking these kids in all have GOP governors.
    President Obama is the only elected official in DC ready to deal with a crisis. The Republicans just sit in the peanut gallery and whine.

    June 29, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  9. jojo62

    Build the fence. I know he won't because he wants to grow the dem party.

    June 29, 2014 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  10. Donna

    Send them back. End of discussion. I'm tired of paying for other. Lets take care of our own family before we take care of others.

    June 29, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  11. Paulie 'Little sack of" Donuts

    When will we finally make illegal immigration a felony?

    June 29, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Bonnie

    I hope that this ends the debate on whether allowing people who immigrated illegally to stay encourages more illegal immigration. It clearly does. The more rounds of "immigration reform" that we have that allow those who entered illegally to stay, the more rounds we'll need, because doing so just encourages more of them to come.

    June 29, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. jjohnoh

    Secure the border first. When it's raining inside your car you roll up the windows

    June 29, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  14. Paulie 'Little sack of" Donuts

    when will it be a felony?

    June 29, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. lucy jing

    I know...let's trade 30,000,000 illegals for 1 American.

    We have thousands of homeless people in this country living in the backseats of cars and no federal help!

    Why are we obligated to house these ILLEGAL people? They already get FREE healthcare at hospitals. What’s next – giving them free food, voting rights, and a welfare card / welfare check? Good grief! Americans like myself are struggling. I’m employed (temp work) but can’t afford health insurance. I don’t drive much either cause I can’t afford gas. My basic $19/month car insurance from Insurance Panda (thank god for it) isn’t exactly the best coverage. I cut cable and internet and I haven’t been out to eat or to the movies in god knows how long. It infuriates me that these people who don’t even belong here are getting more freebies than tax paying, law abiding citizens like myself!

    Illegal aliens show up and all of sudden the government can buy a college or church to house them.

    C’mon America!

    June 29, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  16. TomCom

    Does Americans really think our government does not have the means to stop illegals from coming across the border.
    Do you ever think the 80% effort is to regulate the flow to it won't impact business?

    June 29, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  17. scott britton

    I am sick of him getting all this money and what do we get in return, nothing, absolutely nothing happens with the money, no results, all the problems we have had since this con artist has been in office are still in our laps. billions of dollars wasted. when will we learn, how much more money must we waste. I would like to see were all the money went since he has been in office and see how much of it was worth it. and with out some conjured up numbers to so how could we do this and feel confident about it.

    June 29, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  18. Greenspam

    Another example of failed Obama's administration. Before Obama, this country did not have an illegal immigration problem, had no deficit, no trouble in Middle East, economy was never weak...

    June 29, 2014 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  19. smcollins79

    I'm disgusted. He allowed this to happen and then is going to burden the country with more debt caring for illegal immigrants? He is pulling the wool over our eyes and we don't care. If you believe this wasn't a plan that he has put into action, you deserve to watch America go down in flames and burn with it.

    June 29, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  20. horseyak

    I vote to kick him out of office.

    June 29, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. mkmather

    Emergency billions for immigration issues? Milllions to Guatamala, El Salvador Honduras to help with their crime and violence prevention? Oh, please, that's absurd. I think I'll form a little country somewhere, import a couple of drug cartels so they can battle for control, and start soaking the US for crime prevention $$ or else I'll start sending children across US borders.

    Where are the emergency funds for our veterans who are living in deplorable conditions and in desperate need of medical/humanitarian support? Oh...make them wait long enough, they'll die, and then won't need those funds, will they. Nice to know other countries' "issues" trump ours.

    June 29, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  22. bibleverse1

    At this point give Republicans what is needed to secure north and south borders.

    June 29, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. Jill Green

    Oh,but they can't be sent back.Because of some stupid law Bush passed.Is there no en to the damage these last two presidents are going to cause this country.

    June 29, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. Tom

    And the government still does nothing to secure the border.

    June 29, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  25. Farrok

    One other comment: Americans who fought for our Nation die on fake VA waiting lists and do without medical care promised by our Nation for the men and women who went forth to fight for it and our Liberties and Freedoms.

    The American Government tells them to get lost and take a hike and the red carpet is laid out for border crashers? Washington has gone Mad and is no longer worthy of any respect what so ever. It defiles and rooks it's own Citizens and shortchanges them on every turn.

    The reality of the enemy coming from the Middle East is a long shot at best; when people from Mexico and Central and South America come to our southern boarder and dump their children like yesterday's garbage for the Citizens of America to feed, cloth and give medical care to.

    Once the integrity of the border with Mexico is no more and that's where it is at America does not exist as it has No borders. It's just a free for all for any and all who want to crash the border and flop down and expect to be taken care of by you the tax payer.

    Any Nation that has NO borders is no longer a Nation - it over gone kaput................

    June 29, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
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