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. Andy

    Farrok, you added another even more important element. How about using $2 Billion dollars to fix the VA mess we have?

    June 29, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. ug

    What the maggot asks and what he gets are 2 different things now huh boy! get the illegals out of this country!

    June 29, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  3. tom

    20 years late...

    June 29, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. Marie

    I believe this gov...is corrupted, dont help the immigrants¡!!!! lets focus on building new jobs for us American. Let Mexican or Central American government deal that ussue. Ombama your Awfulll President!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. sanity-in-florida

    Jeff, presidents do not pass laws.

    June 29, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  6. malookabear

    NO NO NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOO! Absolutely not! Take the money and send them back. We are poor enough, don't take care of our own and don't have the resources. We are not the world's freaking toilet! We have enough problems here. 51,000 since the beginning of the year. There is no way I will ever learn Spanish no freakiin way. Too bad for them. Send them to cuba, or some other latin country. What is wrong with Obama what the hell is he thinking?

    June 29, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  7. Larr

    This money should come out the budget of the Department of Home Land inSecurity. Fire $2billion worth of administrators. Secure the border and stop promoting Amnesty – AKA the incentive.

    June 29, 2014 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Name

    Wow! All I hear is money going to other countries! Did you forget about the American people Mr. President?! Have you seen the salaries of our police officers, teachers, firefighters, recent graduates in loan debt to live the American dream, our veterans health care, soldiers not able to find jobs, our soldiers salary??? that's OUR money! We can use the help??! After you help the people that give you all this money to spend then help those in need!!

    June 29, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  9. Norine Sellner

    NOOOOOOOOOO no more funds to allow anyone in. Close the door. Shut it now. Change the law today. Our children are starving and being abused. Obama can give up the Presidency and go to Mexico and work tor them. He is doing nothing but pushing honest law abiding citizens out of our own country.

    June 29, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  10. Ed

    Hey obama, want money? Go ask the MEXICAN govt for it!

    June 29, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  11. malookabear

    Send them back to where they came from! We don't need them or want them here. Spend the money on Americans not foreigners. Send them home! We don't have enough room here. We are not the world's freaking toilet! No money, no room at the Inn!

    June 29, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  12. Alan

    If everyone crowds onto North America from other continents as if we're a "lifeboat," then like a lifeboat, our economy will tip over and put the lives of everyone at risk. If you were on a crowded ship at sea and there were millions of people dog paddling and screaming as they swam toward your ship, your only hope of survival would be to fight them off. If you let them aboard, the ship capsizes and all drown. If you prevent them from boarding, you live. The choice for America is life or death. You can't have it both ways, those of you who say to open the boarders and let everyone on the planet enter, as an extreme example. Because you know what? In that scenario, word would get out, and at least 5 billion (except maybe for affluent people in Europe and affluent countries) would flood North America in a mass mirgration to end all mass mirgrations.

    June 29, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  13. BO

    Can you immagine the cost when Barry wants money for millions of illlegals? This is insanity.

    June 29, 2014 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  14. Alan

    I meant "mass migration" in my previous comment.

    June 29, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Josh

    Please stop referring to these illegal immigrants as 'undocumented'. Do we call 10yo kids that drive cars without a license 'undocumented' or 'unlicensed' drivers? If some random plumber or attorney were to stroll into a hospital and start performing surgeries would he be an 'undocumented' doctor? Of course not. The fallacious use of the word 'undocumented' bastardizes the intentional and flagrant criminal acts that these illegal immigrant are committing and the utter disrespect they have for those going through the legal immigration channels, as well as the contempt for which they hold our laws as a whole. It's sickening and needs to stop.

    June 29, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Pumbaa

    President Obama has never found money that he can't spend. Give each invaders one shotgun shell, bus them to Mexico, and let the Mexicans arrest them like they did our Marine.

    June 29, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    $2 billion for WHAT? oh for administrations fees, dinners, logging and other perks. But for the actual job at hand nothing...For booths on the ground, equipment only a small % will go to them...But the admin, they the money...Oh let's not forget we have to grease the Mexican official otherwise we can't do anything...

    June 29, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  18. Carol Now

    He caused the problem – let him pay for it.

    June 29, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  19. Carolyn

    Illegals are now undocumented children LOL it's a manufactured crisis from top to bottom. Bye bye capitalistic country. Hello multiracial communism.

    June 29, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  20. Eddie Nigma

    Mexico should have to foot part of the bill.

    June 29, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  21. Joe NYer

    We need to deputize ourselves! Essentially booby trap the US and give ourselves the right to ask any illegal if they have photo ID. If not, whip out the cuffs and make a citizen's arrest by any means necessary.

    June 29, 2014 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  22. ghost

    And look at that 2billon more

    June 29, 2014 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  23. rla

    AND this is what he wants to print more money for??? Oppps RIGHT more voters! NO WAY Just send them back over the border and while we are at it impeach the arrogant FOOL!

    June 29, 2014 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  24. chainyanker

    FYI, the border is about 1950 miles long some over very rugged and steep terrain. Even if the border fence is completed what's going to keep people from cutting or digging under it when it's miles from the nearest border patrol outpost?

    June 29, 2014 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  25. President Liar (communist)

    President liar is at it again. Throw money at them and it will not stop it. He has allowed this since January.

    June 29, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
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