June 29th, 2014
01:58 PM ET
7 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. captain

    Billions of dollars to handle illegals AFTER they enter the country??? How about spending the $$$ to seal the border to prevent them from getting into the country in the first place??

    June 29, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  2. Patriot

    So basically we're saying that our border security on the southern side is so lax that it can't even stop unaccompanied children from getting through? Thanks a lot, last three presidents!

    June 29, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. PKRipper

    Never to early to start padding your base is it mr. president?

    June 29, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Barbara

    As an Independent I say Obama Sucks.

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

    Let me get this straight. A desperate vet, lied to and dying while waiting for a "Dr. appointment", is less important than the immediate comfort of an illegal detained after crossing our border?

    June 29, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. SL

    The destruction of America is by design. Allowing the illegals to pour is another thing to help weaken America so much that it can be takeover by criminal globalists that run the NWO. America has already been taken over from the inside. We are headed for Nazi style tyranny. Watch The Obama Deception on Youtube to see how this works.

    June 29, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. jmorlife63

    "A nation without borders is not a nation" – RWR Apparently, that is what BHO has in mind.

    June 29, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. chainyanker

    So with no money how will the border be made more secure? You ignorants don't seem to realize there are miles of fence that could be built over very rugged terrain that have no roads and in places too steep for roads. Even if built what will keep people from cutting or digging under it in the middle of the night miles from the nearest border patrol outpost? Billions more will be needed and it still won't be people proof.

    June 29, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  9. newshound

    Obama does not care about borders, language, and culture.

    June 29, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  10. Jerry

    of course he does, he will TAKE whatever he wants with NO approval process from congress. When will this stop? Send these people back home, man the boarders and stop throwing my tax dollars down a black hole. Obama wont be satisfied until every american is broke and on welfare.

    June 29, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  11. pats take

    Why are so many of these Honduran, Guatemalan and El Salvadoran children not just remaining in Mexico?
    As economic conditions in Mexico have improved Mecicans are not crossing our border but rather children from Mexico's southern border are crossing into there, traveling an additional 1500 miles and then crossing the US Border.
    The reason why is because illegal immigrants in Mexico are non people: no chance for employment, medical care, health care, etc. If the people of Central America didn't feel that they coul get these things here in the US, then they would never attempt such a dangerous journey in the first place.
    It's about time the US follows Mexico's lead for undocumented aliens.

    June 29, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  12. Zeke

    Obama can get the money from all the rich liberals to fund this fiasco. He created it by announcing no enforcement at our boarders and now he wants the taxpayers to bail him out. Call George Clooney and Barbara Streisand to fund the help. All these Hollywood liberals and sports figures that make millions every year should pay an extra tax to fund Obama's dumb decisions. .

    June 29, 2014 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Gompers

    Instead of money, how about stopping the flow by turning them back and discouraging those who are here already?

    June 29, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. maria

    Let the hate begin.......

    June 29, 2014 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  15. truth

    just stop them at the border and refuse entry!!! we're basically NOT REFUSING ENTRY BY ALLOWING THOSE FOOLS TO ENTER! they just walk right pass the border agents...those agents are simply padding them on the back, driving them to shelters and feeding them. if you stop them at the border, refuse entry, and point a gun at their face, they will retreat!

    June 29, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  16. Jim M

    The state of Texa*s created this problem, with more than a decade of hiring millions of illegal workers on the cheap, let them pay the billions to fix the damage that they have done.

    June 29, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  17. McBob79

    Quite possibly the worst president in modern times. The guy is utterly clueless.

    June 29, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Barry Obama

    My friends, I'm just trying to spread socialism, can't you see? 2 billion will be spent on my union friends to build crap that won't make a difference, I've just secured my future with this and every other big money "job" I'll put out before my term is up. Is Halliburton hiring? I'm game.

    June 29, 2014 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. pjoe

    Tell the unions to pay back a couple of billion from they pension bailouts they got instead of the shovel-ready jobs we were suppose to get. Use that for Obama's side project.

    June 29, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  20. ThrowtheBUMout

    No way, Jose! Why are illegal immigrants granted more rights than US citizens? Help Americans out first, then if there is money left over help those from other countries. We have American children going to bed hungry every night. No shoes, no clean clothes and most times nobody cares. When we get OUR people on the right track then the US itself will get back on track. Sure America is a country of immigrants and there will always be immigrants who want a better life... but do it LEGALLY. The only reason Zuckerberg and others in his mind set want Amnesty... cheap labor! Liberals and RINO's want Amnesty for... voters! This fiasco on the border is contrived by the WH to get sympathy for the children, anchor them, then get their parents or relatives in. All I would like to see is illegal immigrants... leaving! Then enter the country legally. But wont' happen as long as there is a phone to threaten Americans with and a pen that changes rules that the "Imperial One" does not like or benefit his agenda.

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

    It's sad when the government would rather give all the taxes collected to the savages who commit crimes and run the streets all day than people who fought for this country! But then again, look at who/what we have running the show!!! And it SHOWS!!

    June 29, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  22. ES

    You gotta' love how this puts the GOP between a rock and hard place. Fiscal conservatives are screwed if they spend ANY money, And yet, if they don't, they are FOR letting illegal immigrants get in a stay.

    I'm getting the popcorn, this is PRICELESS!!

    June 29, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. al Kuwahara

    If there is so much violence in central America that they are pushing all of this kids up through Mexico and into the US illegally , then how come come cnn and others have not been reporting on it. all you ever hear is how bad it is in Mexico everyday the usuall dose of hatred toward Mexico and sometimes you have stupid articles giving good reports about traveling to central America but bad reports or warning about traveling to Mexico. and so by doing this CNN promotes hatred towards Mexico. another thing that these news agencies fail to mention is that much of the violence seen in Mexico now is done by criminal that have gotten mixed with the Mexican criminals. in other words many of the actual killers are criminals from central America that are part of the criminal wave that has been hitting Mexico for some years now. I
    n the eighties and nineties when many people used to go to Mexico for vacations or spring break you would not see this kind of violence there as you see now. again during this period and before then , you would see this kind of violence in central and south America especially in Colombia and El Salvador and Honduras. just research during the presidency of Honduran president Maduro so many women (especially women) were found decapitated and mutilated. in El Salvador and Colombia kidnappings were already popular. and mass graves were usually found entire villages murdered and buried in mass graves. but as migration from those countries started to increase that violence started spreading north too.

    June 29, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. scott

    The dreaded problem- solution ploy

    June 29, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. Truth_Nanny

    Stupid Bush who never closed the border when he could. After 9/11, nobody would have said a word. But $$$ talks and now Obama has to continue the program.

    Dont be a fool, it is all planned.

    June 29, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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