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. Dr_Dr_Please

    Time to annie up George Soros – your fellow Liberals and the POTUS are counting on you. Remember the 1 percent need to do their share. What's two billion to you? Why should US taxpayers have to pay for this? You can afford it = we can't.

    June 29, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  2. NameTravis

    I agree that something must be done. However, we should cut one of the many useless federal programs to pay for this. Our debt is gonna hurt 30-40yrs down the road.

    June 29, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  3. Joe S

    It is amazing how easy our so-called "leader" whips out money requests for this and that when we don't have it to give. I can't help but think how much he could have saved the "taxpayer" by not taking some of those million dollar vacations or by reducing the personal (self-serving) aids of Ms Obama. If he turned his attention to the plight of the American people, the homeless, our Veterans and the poor, he may yet accomplish something positive before he leaves office.

    June 29, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. Mad

    Stop them from crossing the border, right now they just sit down knowing that we will take care of them, free housing, free medical, free everything. Hey people this is tearing America apart. They need to know if you enter this country illegally you are going to be sent back no matter what. You get nothing and you are returned. If we need to put troops on the border so be it. Illegal is illegal no matter what. Let them apply fro the right to be here go thru the steps it takes and learn the language get jobs and pay there own way and housing and medical . I am sick of our politician's not knowing how to handle this, Oh but of course it will never affect them so they just don't care>

    June 29, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  5. Name A Campbell

    Like my Grandmother used to say. You take care of your own first. We have so many Americans that could benefit from the millions spent on illegals coming into this country. What about our poor our hungry our sick our homeless? We need to take care of our own then we can help others. So sad how our own citizens suffer & illegals are given the red carpet.

    June 29, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. stop it

    so if they catch 50k kids, im guessing they just walk over, so how many sneak by,????

    what kind of border is it, walk over say here i am, clog up bureaucratic system for years, while they eat free?

    while my state charge me 3$ meal for my 3 kids, because they broke,,,

    June 29, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. AdmiralBoorda

    Take money from all the alphabet agencies, take money from the military. Why don't you just declare martial law......we will finish this on our own!

    June 29, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  8. hmmmm

    The government is always talking about how social security is running out of money. Nice to know that welfare isn't!

    June 29, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  9. davecu

    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

    Any remember when Obama swore to do the above?

    June 29, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. No More Illegals

    Obama wants the money to fund taking care of all the illegals who come across the border... not to secure the borders. Read what it says and think about it.

    June 29, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  11. DerekF

    Why are American tax payers responsible for the illegal activities committed by foreigners???

    June 29, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Javi

    Debt of billions, and more to come!! And our lifestyle getting worse...

    June 29, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Badly-Bent

    How much of it is he going to spend to finish the fence?

    June 29, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  14. Sheila

    and these people are going to live... where?
    and our school districts will get their $ from .... where?
    more undocumented to flood the classrooms, more bilingual classes to be paid for from... where?
    the schools will be overwhelmed more than before, and they've already changed/cut budgets, cut teachers, cut programs, cut lots of items for American children... and then they will need more $ from... where?

    send these people back.. don't give them any 2nd chances.. their own governments should be handling their own internal problems.. this country cannot handle any more 'immigrants' from any where else because of the lack of $ for our own children's education, our veteran's who are dying from lack of health care (all the VA people and employees should be fired for incompetence and lack of guts to report this problem)..

    we the American citizens have become the 'minority'.. shut down the borders at both ends from all ends..do not allow any more H1B visas, foreign workers, etc. Let's take care of our own Americans 1st.. and let the other countries deal with their own internal strife, they have militaries who can do what they have to.. yes MS-13 is a violent gang, however, they are here in USA as well as other countries.

    No more immigration.. no amnesty of any kind..
    interesting that people brag that they are 'undocumented' like it is a game.. unfortunately it is, but the rest of the American citizens are tired of your garbage by not doing it the legal and correct way..

    NO Amnesty – NO foreign workers..
    Americans 1st!

    June 29, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    He should talk with Nancy Pelosi, Saturday she welcomes them here. This administration and democrat leaders are unbelievable.

    June 29, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Troy

    get rid of Obama, Pelosi, and Harry Reid

    June 29, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  17. A Citizen

    I agree with the overwhelming majority and second the motion to impeach easily the worst president of at least the last 50 years! ! How insane to even suggest billions of taxpayer money from an already completely dry EPIC national debt crisis , for selfish people's birth control problems (follow China's one baby rule first, then maybe MAYBE your self created problems would have 1% credibility) while USA citizen taxpayers and veterans suffer and/or die everyday under the complete disgrace that is our leadership at EVERY level of corporation/Elites run government!!!! Whatever happened to citizen taxpayer movements like "occupy wall street"???? Oh that's right, local and federal government and their police entities destroyed those citizens' rights to assemble.... Citizens, when multiple rights guaranteed by our Constitution are RAPED daily by our local and federal leadership via corporation agendas, ie., cheap ignorant illegal labor businesses and elites can indenture and manipulate against the hundred years labor unions fought to eliminate(14th amendment was NOT to give citizenship to illegal alien anchor babies and their hoard family, rather it was a slavery related correction to a wrong circa 1865), there is no hope for this to be the greatest nation so many citizens sacrificed to build and soldiers bled to protect. .. Like "farroud" perfectly said here earlier, "Enough Ants (illegals) can bring down an elephant (USA)"

    June 29, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. Andy

    Mr. Obama, I've supported you in two campaigns. It wasn't hard to do considering McCain and his 'ding-bat' running mate (way back when) or you v. 'Mitt the twit', who believes Christ came a second time, but only told his buddies and wives ... then they lost those darn golden tablets. My thought, DO NOT SPEND A DIME on such folly. Spend it where it truly affects Americans. Here...in the US!

    June 29, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  19. ikenelson

    Obama = Failure Incarnate

    June 29, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  20. ghost

    I also don't knpw why cooperaTion think all this immergration is good are they putting them in office at the same wages what is there gain

    June 29, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. IQ173

    this is such a tragedy as once again our elected are spending our tax dollars on illegals rather than on the AMERICAN
    PEOPLE FIRST, this is a political play by the dumbocrats to meet their political needs..

    June 29, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  22. phantom235

    Disgraceful adminustration. Def under Obama's lawlessness.

    June 29, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  23. Richard

    That money should be used for DEPORTATIONS. Any that may remain should go toward SECURING the border!!! Just how stupid can this possibly get? Do the democrats really need to buy more votes to this extent?

    June 29, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  24. Seems2me

    America is being inundated with illegal immigrants demanding toothpaste, more showers, more food, underwear, clothing and a better and bigger place to sleep. How will we as a nation pay for all of this. When did America stop belonging to those who are citizens. There is a case that is now in the Supreme Court which was submitted and accepted by Justice Alito, Docket 13-1034, Mellouli v Holder dealing with the deportability of a noncitizen (illegal immigrant) if he has been convicted of violating any law. What exactly are the rights of concitizens?

    June 29, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  25. IQ173

    his is such a tragedy as once again our elected are spending our tax dollars on illegals rather than on the AMERICAN
    PEOPLE FIRST, this is a political play by the demoncrats to meet their political needs..

    June 29, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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