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. Nate

    Are there no children or adults in the United States that could use assistance? I understand that we would love to help and put $2,000,000,000 to help this surge, but can you imagine what that same amount of money would do to help with Americans in need?

    June 29, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  2. scott

    put a fence up...this has got to stop . we are not the worlds dumping ground

    June 29, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. jerrod

    First our borders need to be secured as to not allow others with ideas of possible destruction to enter. Second, we need to work on that North Atlantic Treaty that Bush started and build up Mexico's economy and help them out to make it less desirable to want to leave their own country.

    June 29, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  4. Just

    He owns this one 100%. Advertising the dreamer and amnesty thing for 6 years has severe consequences for the actual citizens of the USA

    June 29, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. YeahBuddy

    A big chunk of that will go for bus tickets so these immigrants can disperse across the entire country. Not a chance any of them will ever show up for their 'court dates' on the 'tickets' they're being given.
    Once they get to their destination, they can use their 'tickets' as ID to sign up for government programs and settle into a life of good ol' American government dependence.

    June 29, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  6. Rainwoman

    2 billion? Lots of things we could use that on for the people born here or legal immigrants. How about heavy fines for those hiring illegal immigrants designated to go to reimburse the emergency funds used? Seize the assets of coyotes?Too bad we can't sue Mexico for allowing them to travel through their country to ours. Throwing money at a problem has never worked well before, not convinced it will this time. If we have to spend it, they need to work out some way of getting at least some of it back.

    June 29, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    2 billion buys a lot of jet fuel. Fly their butts home and secure the border. And yes I live a half mile from Mexico.

    June 29, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. Rick Thwaites

    More and more and more money to solve external problems. Last week it was Syria. The week before it was Iraq. This week it's Mexico. In the mean time, our China funded debt mounts, our infrastructure crumbles, our healthcare system rots, our schools decay and our employment stagnates. Isn't it time that we turn our attention to the American issues? Being the worlds' police isn't an American issue!

    How about we sit down and draw up a cogent immigration policy and stick with it. I can assure you what would happen if I ventured into China or Russia without a visa.

    June 29, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  9. gmichael52

    $2 billion- ah it's just the Chinese's money anyway.

    June 29, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    No money to keep them, only give them money to DEPORT them

    June 29, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. Petoulet

    Load them on military transports and fly them all home.
    Those airplanes are flying training missions anyway - they can do something useful at the same time.

    June 29, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  12. dean

    But not a dime for his supporters in Detroit that are suffering with water shutoffs.

    June 29, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  13. anthony

    don't you think we have enough hunger and homelessness in this country istead of spending 2 billion dollars for non citizens? I hate to be heartless but I also hate the fact that we're helping other countries not helping those in our own

    June 29, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  14. Dean Kazel

    no more money. Obama will use it to bring more illegals here. Deport illegals first and use a bus, not airlines

    June 29, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  15. Lee

    Send them back upon capture. It's free.

    June 29, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  16. Jenna

    Send all of them back! Not up to us to foot the bill! So sick of them thinking they have rights in our country! Get a sponsor and enter legally. Geez!

    June 29, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  17. alf564

    Why doesn't he just call China to see if they will loan us the money....Since he is a Prince from Kenya can't he borrow the money from them? He should have that power being a Prince and all... After all, he acts like he is a Prince of the USA

    June 29, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  18. rker321

    It would be foolish for Congress to approve 2 billion dollars to solve an issue when the present laws are not going to do any kind of enforcements and the deportation laws are a mess. and nobody is enforcing anything at all.

    June 29, 2014 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  19. Robert N. constant

    There are an estimated 12 million documented aliens in the United States. Most of these people are working and sending the money home. They are working for American businesses and factories and are being paid sub standard wages, off the books and under the table. Who are they employers? The Republicans who own the businesses, orchards, farms and factories. These are the same Republicans who are opposed to Immigration Reform. for the simple reason that should these workers be documented, the employers would have to pay minimum wages and the various state and federal taxes they are now evading.
    These Republican employers are the reason these undocumented workers come here. If nobody hired them, they would stay home. Is there something you can do about this? Yes. Report the Republican employers to the IRS. These people are double book keeping and evading taxes. That is a crime. Furthermore, there are rewards for reporting such tax evasion. Be a patriot and collect your reward.

    June 29, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. TheBob

    Don't give him any more money. Let the border guards do their job.

    June 29, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    It doesnt cost 2 billion dollars to walk them back to the border, open the gate, and say take care...Not our problem, this country needs to start worrying about its own.

    June 29, 2014 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  22. woodie

    This is what happens when you play patsy to 3rd world countries. These children shouldn't be here.

    June 29, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  23. rker321

    it would be foolish for Congress to approve this amount of money, to resolve a situation that at this point has no ending until enforcement issues are resolved. This would be putting more money into a hole that will have no ending.
    Sorry Obama, this is not what you should do.
    If they don't want to approve the money you have presently, enough enforcement procedures use them and return these children ASAP

    June 29, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. Struve

    Right, like you are really going to secure the border? take someone elses money.

    June 29, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. wjm980

    Why doesn't King Barry just continue with his grand edicts, and just declare he's taking 20 billion for whatever the hell he wants.

    June 29, 2014 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
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