June 29th, 2014
01:58 PM ET
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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. Sharon

    Are you kidding me? We don't take care of our own people and you want to spend $2 billion on illegals. Let them move into the White House with Obama and he can take them back home to Chicago when he's out of office. I'm tired of the bleeding hearts in DC worrying about illegals. They can't vote for you. Everyone needs to be sent back to their originating country NOW. How dare we screw over our military vets and their families, actual American citizens who can't find a job because illegals undercut the salaries paid. If you don't believe me, check to see how much they are paid in the construction field. If they get $4-$5 a hour, they keep quiet. Feed our children first, then try to take care of the others. ITS NOT OUR JOB TO SUPPORT THE WORLD. BIRTH CONTROL SHOULD BE MANDATED FOR ALL THE COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS OVERRUN OUR COUNTRY. By the way Presideericant Obama, instead of kissing up to the Latin American countries. why haven't you gotten our US Marine out of Mexico. He did nothing wrong, but he's held prisoner. Are you making a swap for him, we get him back, and ten 60,000 illegals in exchange.

    June 29, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. smako

    I don't know which is worse, the flood of children coming across our border, or the fact that their parents are risking the lives of the children to get them here. This isn't a bus ride to get here, there is serious danger involved. These kids are coming from south of Mexico in most cases.
    Imagine if it were you, ok, pass the cheetos.

    June 29, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. dnokc

    Time to give a contract to Greyhound for one way tickets south!

    June 29, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    The fact is Bush signed a law in 2008 that said the US had to take these children in...but that should not stop Obama from sending the right back where they came from, he can just use his executive power to override the law, calling it a threat to national security. Just kidding, this country is going to get stuck with these lawless children and soon after their families will arrive to gain entry into the country...we don't need to strengthen border security, we need to get rid of all these laws that let them in....we don't have any problem catching them, but once we do that's when the gravy trains arrives...ashamed to be an American when we cant even determine who let into this country and who we can keep out...which apparently is no one.

    June 29, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. biorsel

    Only one way to solve America's problem: send him back to Kenya!

    June 29, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  6. Me

    What did bush do to help with illegals?

    June 29, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  7. PDG

    Does this mean if I go to Central America, they'll give ne a pony?

    June 29, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. President Liar (communist)

    Dictator nobama. Please stop your lies! We now refer to this as do not obama me. In english, do not lie to me.

    June 29, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    Children are fine, keep the old people out, in fact I say we start getting rid of people over 65, they are just a drain on society anyway...

    June 29, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  10. Joe Sanchez

    Seriously is this man even educated asking for over a billion dollars and none of it is going to secure our borders only to take care of them. I'm tired of working to support them.

    June 29, 2014 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  11. Name

    More Illegal immigrants translate into more labor union members. Why else would Obama allow it? It's not an accident. It's a crises he manufactured.

    June 29, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  12. jim

    Here's an idea, being that we've been spending close to $3 BILLION dollar EVERY single week since we started 2 endless wars, why don't we just put the wars on hold for a week and put that money into this country?

    Just think of it, we'd save a few soldiers lives and help secure our border. Then after the week is done, we could go back to bombing foreign lands and let Halliburton rebuild them. Deal?

    June 29, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  13. Sharon

    Are you kidding me? We don't take care of our own people and you want to spend $2 billion on illegals. Let them move into the White House with Obama and he can take them back home to Chicago when he's out of office. I'm tired of the bleeding hearts in DC worrying about illegals. They can't vote for you. Everyone needs to be sent back to their originating country NOW. How dare we screw over our military vets and their families, actual American citizens who can't find a job because illegals undercut the salaries paid. If you don't believe me, check to see how much they are paid in the construction field. If they get $4-$5 a hour, they keep quiet. Feed our children first, then try to take care of the others. ITS NOT OUR JOB TO SUPPORT THE WORLD. BIRTH CONTROL SHOULD BE MANDATED FOR ALL THE COUNTRIES WHOSE CITIZENS OVERRUN OUR COUNTRY. By the way President Obama, instead of kissing up to the Latin American countries. why haven't you gotten our US Marine out of Mexico. He did nothing wrong, but he's held prisoner. Are you making a swap for him, we get him back, and we get 60,000 illegals in exchange.

    June 29, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  14. stopdrinkingthekoolaid

    self created crisis.. he asked for em.. let HIM pay for it.

    June 29, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    What about our poor, our sick, our hungry? What about working class families who work just to survive...where is their 2 billion?

    June 29, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  16. BRB

    Please secure our borders Mr. Obama. This is insane to allow 30,000 children without parents to cross into the United States. Give them all a bus ticket home and stay out of other countries business.

    June 29, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  17. Dean

    Yea boy. Give them everything you don't give your veterans.

    June 29, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  18. mpoidvin

    As a Canadian I can see you folks have the same problem we do. It is not a matter of electing someone who can solve the problems the average American cares about. It is a matter of finding someone who WANTS to.

    We have the same problem. We have less illegals because they just let in hundreds of thousands a year under programs like Temporary Foreign workers. The baloney is that we have a labour shortage. We don't. We have people who are not willing to work for peanuts. So for their corporate masters they import labour and force down wages.

    You don't have secure borders because they don't want to secure them. Democrat and republican get their donations from the same crowd.

    Here in Canada all you have to do is prove that nobody wants to work at your burger joint for the wages you are offering and can import as many as you want, all legal.

    You used to have to pay 4 or 5 dollars an hour over minimum age for a burger flipper. Now if you're Canadian you won't get hired. You might want to be paid for the hours you work.

    And you folks have people looking for work, why hire an American when you can hire a slave and pocket the money with the government as your partner in crime.

    We are losing the societies that we built. That people died for. All for the corporate gang. And if you think cutting corporate taxes will help, think again. Our's are lower than your's. What do they do with the money? They have 650 billion in dead money. More than twice the rate per person than in the states. And the politicians say that if they were taxed less they would bring money back to the states and invest. Baloney. We did it for years now and their bank accounts just grow.

    June 29, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  19. TH001

    Kick them all out, they are criminals every single one of them.

    June 29, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  20. NameJames

    This is entirely Obamas fault. His paycheck should be docked to help pay for this mess he is responsible for.

    June 29, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  21. Kris

    Congress will un-fund this, like every other Obama request. Despite their "border emergency" rhetoric.

    June 29, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  22. Kenneth

    I agree with justcantbelievethis on what he said and let's stop sending billions to other country when we need it here . I don't know but the last i herd was we about broke .And they want to take our ss that we worked for .And anything else that can be taken from us.

    June 29, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  23. Lavender_Lady1

    What a debacle this is turning into!

    June 29, 2014 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    "This is not a crisis, it's an opportunity," Nancy Pelosi Yep, an opportunity to spend another 2 billion we don't have.

    June 29, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  25. Keith Long

    Why stop at two billion dollars. Spend whatever it takes to care for people who have no right to be here in the first place. If the taxpayers are allowed to keep their money they would probably just spend it on foolish things like takeing care of their own families.

    June 29, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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