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. david

    It is so sad what a permissive government is doing to our land...the very foundations of what made this land great is coming to an end..yet i feel there will be another government which will follow the same path to get re-elected....i dont care who you blame ..... the foundations of Judeo-Christian ethics has been eroded and we will now fall for any philosophy out there...the only form of government which has protected your rights and freedoms is one based on Judeo Christian Ethics..yes yes whiners say the old story "look all themillions christians have murdered"....what a sad refrain..most have no idea what a follower of Christ is and how they have protected you ... you are losing your rights faster each day as you come under government control due to their lack of standing up...look what is in the white house

    June 29, 2014 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  2. Lizzie

    LCSWquilter, what you want and every liberal and democrat is an open border, come one come all, the stupid working Americans will take care of you.

    June 29, 2014 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  3. Mike

    This is so typical. Because they're brown they get help from Obama.

    June 29, 2014 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  4. HillClimber

    Obama wants two billion for the border crisis. Isn't that a lot more ammunition than we will need?

    June 29, 2014 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  5. Richard Right

    So he takes Border Patrol off the border, encourages illegal aliens to come north and then wants 2 Billion to fix his problems he created. I can only assume his supporters will get govt contracts. He needs to do the job of a President, to protect us from all enemies foreign and domestic.

    June 29, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  6. Westfield

    Send Obama to Mexico

    June 29, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  7. OnTheRoad

    Obama wants the money so he can give $1000 to each illegal as he/she crosses the border!

    June 29, 2014 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  8. Atul C

    How about my school and college going kids? I understand that these are innocent kids who would have been killed in their native countries if they didn't flee. But remember, we should go to the root cause. If we are too lenient, these kids will be used by those drug lords to smuggle stuff. Humanitarian stuff is good but don't forget to send the right message that if you come here illegally, you will be treated like that.

    June 29, 2014 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  9. Cynical

    MONEY, MONEY, Free food, free clothes, free air fare, free education, free housing, free medical for all these boder jumpers. And what do our VETS get......SCREWED

    That's Obama's priority.

    June 29, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  10. Richard

    Billion dollar Obama, Hey, any problem can be cured with a few more billion dollars. How about 5 billion
    to provide electric power to Africa. How about 2 billion to help to help these poor kids from South America.
    So, the projected IRS income for 2014 is 3 trillion, and our current debt is 17 trillion? And Eric Holder has the
    stupidity to propose lawyers for the South American people. And don't forget, Obama would like to send
    500 million to Syria, to provide help for those to hate us less. B\S.

    June 29, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  11. tellandlearnthetrusth

    a famous journalist exposing mexico's corruption said corruption is deep and the heart of mexico's problems, that it's everywhere, not just the cartels. great! this is the culture that is invading the u.s. with people with this cultural mindset. they have a culture of not getting involved, thinking about manana, and receiving handouts - but now demanding handouts.

    June 29, 2014 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  12. Carl Kravis

    What's the big deal; why do Mexican have to get into the United States so badly. Don't they like their own country? Do they really think America is going to save their soul.

    June 29, 2014 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  13. Tnag45

    We don't want lawless people coming here.

    Ship any back if they are here illegally. We like legal immigrants, not lawless criminal immigrants who have no respect for our laws.

    June 29, 2014 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  14. dan milburn

    send them back if you want them to quit coming. Long as you keep them here with the excuse "they were being abused" you are positively reinforcing them to continue.

    June 29, 2014 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  15. bill

    READ MY LIPS: CLOSE THE BORDER. CLOSE THE BORDER. CLOSE THE BORDER. You have to be dumb and hillary dummer. You said the border was secure????? CLOSE THE BORDER--DO THAT FIRST.

    June 29, 2014 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. dotofoz

    These kids are refugees, just like the refugees in Iraq or Syria. There is violence going on close to home, but we do nothing, even though they share more of our values than the middle east. Why? Oil.

    June 29, 2014 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. dan milburn

    Perhaps we need to send troops into Mexico and tell them they have just become State # 51 and from now on things are gonna be different. From now on you all are Mexican Americans and we need to build a fence between you and South America.

    June 29, 2014 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. neutral observer

    Until the border is secured, not one penny except to deport.

    June 29, 2014 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. kws11

    Maybe he should commit all of his speaking engagement revenue for the next 20 years to help pay this back. That "Dream Act" sure got a whole bunch of families dreaming, didn't it? Another job well done by the inexperienced neophyte!

    June 29, 2014 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  20. jay

    Congress you are always being made fools of. Hoodwinked and you keep on eating it like lap dogs. Go ahead pass this too we can't seem to go down economically fast enough with this WH this should give it a good shove.

    June 29, 2014 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  21. teafor2

    Water-board the kiddos until they say where they are from and then return them to their respective governments immediately.We can afford to do little else. We especially cannot afford $2 billion plus to fix a $10 million dollar problem.

    June 29, 2014 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  22. Ken

    How about dumping that money into the VA to get it fixed i.e. more and competent medical personnel!

    June 29, 2014 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  23. gregory mcgraw

    the problem is it is a money hole all we do is help the ones they just came here yesterday and more come tomorrow and the next day and the next day and we keep putting more and more money into the illegals and less and less into the border it is a hole that keeps getting deeper and deeper every day with no end in the future..... they come because they know the usa will not send them back and give them a free future on the backs of tax payers wile the new people coming in are slowly taking the jobs away from the ones that is paying the taxs to give them there future

    June 29, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  24. pedro pablo macho

    STOP OBAMA AND CONGRESS FROM THROWING AWAY OUR HARD-EARNED TAX MONEY – STOP HANDOUTS. The minute that we make EVERYONE in this country (ALL NATIVES – CITIZENS – LEGAL AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS)work for a living, illegal immigration WILL STOP!!! NO MORE GIVE AWAY'S – NO MORE WELFARE – NO MORE FOOD STAMPS – NO MORE GOVERNMENT GRANTS – NO MORE GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED HEALTH SYSTEM – It is utterly UNFAIR that we the workers have to pay for the PEOPLE'S LAZINESS AND LACK OF proper PLANNING for rainy days and retirement!!! PEOPLE MUST EARN THEIR LIVING – WORK OR EARN TO LIVE OR OTHERWISE DON'T!!!
    AFTER ALL THIS WASTE ENDS – THEN TAXES MUST BE LOWERED AND THE tax MONEY USED IN INFRASTRUCTURE – THAT'S WHAT TAXES WERE INTENDED for – TO BENEFIT ALL – NOT THE INADEQUATE!!!

    June 29, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  25. Tommy G

    Keep electing Democrats people... keep electing Democrats. Elections have consequences. You want more of this insanity, then keep electing Democrats.

    Or decide you have finally had enough and elect Republicans that will SECURE our borders, end the magnets that drive this illegal activity, and yes, DEPORT illegals as they should be deported. NO MORE CATCH AND RELEASE!! The new policy can and MUST be CATCH AND DEPORT, as the law of the land states.

    We do NOT need any "comprehensive immigration reform". That is Democrat double speak (AKA LIES) for amnesty and citizenship while not securing the borders. Democrats will STILL not deport people here illegally. Their "Sanctuary Cities" have harbored and protected illegals for decades. Democrats WANT THIS TO CONTINUE.

    June 29, 2014 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
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