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. mgkdrgn

    All he "needs" is about 1,000 un-used school buses (easy to find in the summer) and a couple of gasoline credit cards. Stick 'em on the bus, drive 'em deep into Mexico, drop 'em off, return, repeat.

    $2 BILLION my sweet patuti ... shouldn't cost more than $100 Million. Worked fine for Ike, can work just as well for Obama.

    June 29, 2014 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  2. norman

    Tell Obama I'd like to apply for an emergency two billion in funding to fix the crisis he helped create... Send them home? Fat chance. Those are all future Democrats!

    June 29, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Sharknado99

    Great idea as long as he is asking the $2 Billion from the countries south of the border and not US citizens.

    June 29, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Larry L

    The House of Representatives is filled with politicians who constantly rant about the need for better control on illegal immigration. The same group has control of the House. So where is the bill? Are they too busy with "personhood" riders and their efforts to block healthcare to craft an actual clean bill? Could it be they want to hide their xenophobic and racist nature until after the 2014 election?

    June 29, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Obama is still my hero

    June 29, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Susan

    What about the VA crisis?

    June 29, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  7. Lothar_2010

    I'm ok with with spending $2 billion to speed up deportations of children crossing the border. They should be with their families.
    Since we're already over $17 trillion in debt, let's start levying fines and prison time for the employers who hire illegals. Any leftover money can be used to help our currently unemployed citizens to obtain employment.

    June 29, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  8. pozin

    Just say NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

    June 29, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  9. Leonard

    Wait! I have an idea! Why don't we just close the borders? This is unbelievable!

    June 29, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  10. Seth Hill

    Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free;
    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, send these, the homeless,
    Tempest-tossed to me; I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
    That was our pledge as a nation.
    But there is now an endless supply of them.
    It's good to help the poor.
    But s it a good or evil to borrow money which we will never be able to pay back, to help the poor?

    June 29, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  11. cats smith

    . . . really . . . :p

    June 29, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. smith1

    the president once again is trying to clean up a mess created by the previous administration. Of course republicans keep blaming him but take a look at the bill passed in 2008 by the republican president and his congress.

    June 29, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. fritz katz

    At last! A chance to compete economically on a level playing field with the Chinese by opening vast child-labor factory complexes in remote areas manufacturing cheaper widgets.

    June 29, 2014 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  14. Beatlearl

    Here we go again the US taxpayers are being suckered into footing the bill to solve other countries's problems that those same countries's couldn't care less about,because they know good ole Uncle Sugar will take care of it for them.

    June 29, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. RCDC

    Just talk to their president. Talk is cheap.

    June 29, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  16. joel bishop

    This is all staged.....

    June 29, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  17. herchato

    America must try to do it's best for the children no matter where they came from or how they got here. Children or not the enemy, at least not yet.

    June 29, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  18. Keith

    Obama to Boehner: Pay now or pay later. Wait, your gonna have to pay now. See what happens when you pretend to be a statue and don't do anything on immigration reform.

    June 29, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  19. sdgman

    "if they do not qualify for asylum"... They do not have the bedspace to detain everyone while they wait for their asylum cases to be adjudicated. They will begin releasing everyone after they have been processed and then told to show up at such and such court date up to years down the road.

    Of course, they won't show up, and down the road, when they are arrested for DUI or Burglary or spouse abuse etc. they will qualify for some sort of relief because we don't want to separate them from their now umpteen US citizen children.

    And the wheel keeps on spinning.

    June 29, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  20. HenryMiller

    "Obama to request billions to deal with border crisis"

    Okay, but only in exchange for the cancellation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) programme.

    June 29, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. pismire

    Use the $$ to strengthen the borders and send back illegals. If you didn't ignore the border problem for your term as president, you wouldn't have this issue.

    June 29, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. BO

    Isn't this typical ? Obama gets us into terrible messes then wans our tax money to fix it up.

    June 29, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. ART

    That money should be used for our veterans and legal Americans who need financial help.

    June 29, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Lu Ann

    Has our wonderful President Obama thought about how far 2 billion dollars would go to feed our own people?

    June 29, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. WillB

    Republicans will make him beg for it............and he still won't get it. In fact, does not look like he'll ever "get it."

    June 29, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
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