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. Joe

    So, this moron who didn't want to spend a dime building a fence or strengthening the security at our borders suddenly wants two BILLION dollars of taxpayer money to "help" in the surge of illegal immigrants. One word for you Mr. Obama. NO!!! Did you get that?
    I've got a better idea. Dump all of them on the front White House lawn and let Obama take care of them out of his own pocket. I bet he'll send them back then instead of trying to devise a way for amnesty, and subsequently to make Democrat voters out of them.

    June 29, 2014 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  2. BUD

    The GOP will fight and block anything Obama tries so they can complain about it.

    June 29, 2014 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Bigdaddyusa

    90 billion over the last 10 years on border security. Build the fence/wall for 60 billion and get it over with.

    June 29, 2014 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. kstulak

    A happy meal and a bus ticket,now go back where you came from,ADIOS and goodbye. Don't come back.

    June 29, 2014 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Otis

    Seriously, is this clown for real?

    June 29, 2014 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  6. John Sullivan

    Please read it and may God open your eyes

    June 29, 2014 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. ED1

    You say it's the law that we have to do what the law says (and when did that make a difference with you) but you don't send the 22 million back that are already here.

    June 29, 2014 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  8. Ohhh Boyy

    Give me $2 Million and I will take 5 of them in, or $1 Million for 3.

    June 29, 2014 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  9. shuman

    More money for yet another ideologically inspired crisis of Obama's own making.

    June 29, 2014 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Heather Halligan

    ....and where is this money going to come from?

    June 29, 2014 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Jones

    How much does it cost to have a guy turn them around and push send them back to Mexico?

    June 29, 2014 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. Mr. Jon

    To be fair, California and Texas was part of Mexico before the Europeans got greedy... Just sayin'

    June 29, 2014 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Jim McDonald

    Pelosi, Kerry, obama, and Reid are all milliionares. If they feel stronly about this – let them lead the way with their own money. I am tired of seeing obama create a crisis, and then wants more money from the American people to string it along.

    June 29, 2014 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  14. Cheetahe

    Why 2 billion dollars to secure the border? Where are our troops? Instead of getting ready for wars around the world they should secure first our borders.
    Anyone violating our borders gets thrown back with no legal proceedings.

    June 29, 2014 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  15. oldesalt

    Any time the government wants to pass legislation, they play the heart strings of the voters by using the unfortunate child victim card, i.e. Newtown, CT., undocumented children crossing the Mexican border. Give us a break.

    June 29, 2014 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  16. gstlab3

    Never mind that a real live weapon of mass destruction could very well be driven through this wide open border.
    Oh let's not think about any number of the communicable diseases either.

    More drug cartel family members are just waiting for the increase in tax payer funded handouts too.

    Let's do something new for a real "change" and support the rule of law. We should not put up with this and especially not these contemporary men and times.,
    Really America wake up., let us support those existing laws that have up until recently been somewhat upheld and usefull in checking who and what comes into the country.

    June 29, 2014 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Centurion53

    Militarize the border...seal it....and then DEPORT Obama, who is the person responsible for creating this colossal MESS!! When are Americans going to finally see this lying, corrupt scum bag Obama for what he really is???

    June 29, 2014 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. gstlab3

    Poor usefull idiots., these children have become pawns in the destruction of western culture.

    June 29, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  19. Indyswimmer66

    It will be interesting to see how Republicans object to this... as they automatically object to everything Pres. Obama moves forward.

    June 29, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. Frank

    Time to send all the illeagals to sancurtary cities and let them foot the bill for these illiterate people.

    June 29, 2014 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. wowlfie

    Great Obama creates the situation by opening the doors to more illegals by basically inviting them in then wants to solve that problem he created himself by throwing more money at it. Typical government! Typical idiots. You get what you paid for Obama and you paid for inviting them in by NOT GETTING TOUGH with them in the first place.

    June 29, 2014 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  22. oldesalt

    Don't the leaders of this country have the ability to solve this problem short of having the tax payers support all these undocumented children. Can't our leaders see we're being played like a fiddle.

    June 29, 2014 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  23. Eyeoutbidu

    EVEN if they can live off grazing on Federal land, send them home...

    June 29, 2014 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  24. Rick McDaniel

    Better idea. Obama should ask for a payroll Tax to support illegal immigration, that is deducted automatically from every American's pay check........including the pay of illegal immigrants themselves. That tax should take effect immediately, and before the November elections.

    That's how we should fund this. No OTHER way!

    June 29, 2014 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. KS

    Send them ALL BACK!!! 60,000 of them!!! If they all stay and have the average of two kids, that means we need 180,000 JOBS just for them!!! We already have a very b i g shortage of JOBS! Sorry, Immigrants. But things are bad here. Our people first!

    June 29, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
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