June 29th, 2014
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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. The Real Tom Paine

    Tommy G, shutting down all trade and communication? All wire transfers? All business dealings? I guess you want to cripple our economy and hurt millions in the US in an attempt to regain some sense of control? When you have a serious idea, please let us know. You would be hurting people on this side of the border more than in Mexico, and all you would do antagonising yet another country with a pointless, xenophobic exercise.

    June 30, 2014 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  2. Gunderson

    Aw,So,
    Sorry my fine feathered friends. Didn't you know, this is just the latest way for Whats-His-Name to Re-Distribute the Wealth. Hey get used to it! He can't get the money one way, he'll get it another. And guess who is paying the bill??? Can you speak Spanish??

    June 30, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Tom

    And the government still does nothing to secure the border.
    -----------------------------–
    If you want more to be done, then tell the House you more money to be funded for border security.

    June 30, 2014 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  4. Marty

    Hire some shepherds and some goods dogs then let them heard them back into Mexico like sheep.

    June 30, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. Mr

    Bend over 1 %. Here he comes.

    June 30, 2014 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. Rudy NYC

    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!
    ==============================================================
    Your billiant idea leaves people whose primary source of income is though capital gains not paying for any of it.

    June 30, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  7. GOP = Greed Over People

    The irony on this thread is so thick, you could cut it with a knife. Cons now saying "help our people first" are the same cons that want food stamps cut, WIC program cut and no Medicaid expansion in Red states.

    "chri$tians" indeed-Christians, not so much!

    June 30, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  8. Clay

    Illegal immigrants, very serious problem. Border should have been sealed years ago. To late now. The racist were so concerned about black people, that they missed the major Latino problem. To late now racist, the only thing you can do now is watch your country slowly slip away. They are all over the place speaking Spanish not English . To late, turn out the lights.

    June 30, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Malory Archer

    Sadie
    The kindness of Americans is exhausted. Close our borders...children or not. Send them back!! No more money is to be spent outside of our own country.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That's going to cost $$$, which the President is asking for $$$.

    June 30, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. Malory Archer

    Dusty
    As a democrat I oppose this to high hell!!!! You better start having the American peoples backs Obama because November is Just around the corner......

    Deport these people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    That's what he's been doing – and it costs $$$.

    June 30, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  11. Malory Archer

    If the government were to crack down on corporations and private individuals who hire illegals, fining them heavily, seizing all of their assets and imposing harsh jail sentences on the owners and individuals hiring them, this problem would correct itself overnight.

    June 30, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. yeahright

    Bogeysmama
    Oh, they can't be sent back because of some stupid law that Bush and Obama passed. Ahh a reason for Congress to meet and VOTE DOWN the law that was obviously a wrong decision. Middle class America is saying NO to spending $2 Billion!!!

    -–

    The law was passed in 1990 and reauthorized in 2008. That would be Bush and Bush for those who never care to research anything.

    June 30, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  13. lapazjim

    Say whaa!! The question is whether this money makes it to all the states affected–Texas,New Mexico,arizona and california ans if it will be used to help protect the borders.With Obama at the helm no one knows!! Remember he went Arizona and argued with Jan Brewer and went back to DC,declared there was no problem all without ever looking at the border or detention centers.Yet he now says there is a crisis!! There has been a crisis all along,but the rules were changed by him.Most of the illegal immigrants are claiming "political asylum" now for some reason(he told them too).They are supposedly threatened in their native country by crime or in the case of Mexico the Cartel's and they fer for their lives.As it said in the article millions if not billions of U.S. $$$ have been sent to these countries with no avail.
    Now he says he wants another $8.9 billion?? One has to question the real motives here!!

    June 30, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  14. Gurgyl

    Don't extend visas of H1-B, L1, J1 visas. Why in the world we need priests visas to Hindu temples when we are Christian nation? Deport all these guys be the doctors or It. Good luck, USA.

    June 30, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. Namemariomccullough

    Strength our borders with military and send them back to where they came from. 2 billion Obama quit smoking crack with Hillary Clinton

    June 30, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Dean

    Perhaps we could send some of our citizens to the border for an even swap.

    June 30, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Asking emergency for billions dollars for children and adults crossing the border from Mexico is a good way to showing off. Is that a new idealistic way to represent that AMERICA CARES about people who live in our country?
    Even if it works, think about all this kids in a future. The unemployment problem in the US is pretty critical even for native citizens, so what can we say about kids of immigrants?
    I dont wanna be rude, but for me Obama just start a new company to earn for new war hiding under the veil of nobility and helping immigrants.

    June 30, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    This humanitarian crisis illustrates what I have been saying it for years. Most of the people entering this country are not from Mexico. They are people coming from Central and South America, mostly from areas where they are undocumented. In many cases, even if we could correctly identity their country of origin, those countries could honestly say that they have no birth records of the individuals.

    Could one of you shouting, "Send them back across the border," please explain the logistics of how that would get done. What's your plan to stop the people from coming back across the border once you evict them into Mexico?

    June 30, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Lolita

    Asking emergency for billions dollars for children and adults crossing the border from Mexico is a good way to showing off. Is that a new idealistic way to represent that AMERICA CARES about people who live in our country?
    Even if it works, think about all this kids in a future. The unemployment problem in the US is pretty critical even for native citizens, so what can we say about kids of immigrants?
    I dont wanna be rude, but for me Obama just start a new company to earn for new war hiding under the veil of nobility and helping immigrants.

    June 30, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. stingerhp

    Throwing taxpayer money after a problem that O will not address, is STUPID ! ! ! .... Just how much longer do we have to put up with this O guy before we can toss him out of Washington ? ? ?.... A vote like that should NEVER happen again...

    June 30, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  21. Namemariomccullough

    Get a clue you sellout put them in your fema camps intell you can ship them back to theit own country

    June 30, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Anonymous

    During President Obama interview what the President should said I'm not going to ask Congress for 2 Billion dollars of American tax money to solve this problem but talk to the President's of countries that these peoples are come from tell them very strongly stop let your people come to the U.S we get not help them because I believe there are people and organizations within the U.S causing this problem at the end of day the American people are going to paid for this and we as nation already have to many problems. This is one we can not and must not get involve just use the tax money to send them back to their countries

    June 30, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Malory Archer

    Rudy NYC
    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!
    ==============================================================
    Your billiant idea leaves people whose primary source of income is though capital gains not paying for any of it.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The very people who make out like bandits off the backs of illegal labor, no less!

    June 30, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  24. Toomuch

    Obama wants 2 billion to be able to increase democrat voting signup initiatives on the border..

    June 30, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. Here we go again

    This money hasn't been requested to send the Mexicans back to Mexico, it's requested so "our" Fed Gov can feed, clothe & ship the illegals all over America. What's shame on both sides of the isle!!!

    June 30, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
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