Obama seeks $3.7 billion to deal with border kids

White House says money would help increase the detention, care and transportation of unaccompanied children and more
Associated Press
Jul 8, 2014

Tackling what he has called a humanitarian crisis, President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are illegally crossing the U.S. border, straining immigration resources and causing a political firestorm in Washington.

The White House said the money would help increase the detention, care and transportation of unaccompanied children, help speed the removal of adults with children by increasing the capacity of immigration courts and increase prosecution of smuggling networks. The money would also increase surveillance at the U.S. border and help Central American countries repatriate border-crossers sent back from the United States.

Obama requested the money in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner. The request did not include proposals for legislative changes that the White House wants. But Obama said he still will seek such changes, including providing the secretary of homeland security additional authority to speed up the removal of children who have arrived from countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Obama said he also wants increased penalties for individuals who smuggle vulnerable migrants, such as children.

The developments all come as Obama has declared comprehensive immigration legislation dead in Congress and announced plans to proceed on his own by executive action to make whatever fixes he can to the nation's dysfunctional immigration system.

That could put Obama in the seemingly contradictory position of weighing proposals to shield millions of people from deportation while at the same time trying to hurry deportations for the unaccompanied children.

Congressional Republicans blame Obama policies for the confusion; Obama administration officials dispute that.

More than 50,000 children have arrived since October, in many cases fleeing violence at home but also drawn by rumors that they can stay in the U.S.

Obama plans to discuss the crisis with faith and local leaders during a political fundraising visit to Texas Wednesday, but he is resisting calls to visit the border for a firsthand look. The White House invited Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who is among those urging Obama to get to the border while he's in the state, to Wednesday's meeting in Dallas.

Perry's spokeswoman Lucy Nashed confirmed that the governor and Obama would meet. Perry "is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crisis along our southern border," Nashed said.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, a Republican, called the situation on the border "extremely dire."

"It is clear that additional funding will be needed to ensure the proper care of these unaccompanied children, to enforce the law, and to further secure our border so that these problems can be mitigated in the short term," he said in a statement. "Our committee will focus on providing what is necessary to meet these ongoing needs."

The White House request would:

Seek $1.1 billion for the Department of Homeland Security to help deter border-crossers and increase enforcement. That would include $879 million to pay for detention and removal of adults traveling with children, to provide additional detention space for those individuals, and to speed up the prosecution of adults who cross the border unlawfully with children.

Seek $433 for Customs and Border Protection to cover overtime costs and for additional facilities to detain unaccompanied children while they are in Border Patrol custody. It also includes nearly $40 million to increase air surveillance, such as drone flights along the border.

Provide $64 million to the Department of Justice, with much of the money spend on hiring 40 additional teams of immigration judges. The White House says that together with a previous request for 35 additional teams, the system would be able to process an additional 55,000 to 75,000 cases annually.

Provide $1.8 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services for the care of unaccompanied children, including shelter and medical care.

As lawmakers return to Washington this week from a weeklong recess, Obama's spending request is set to be a focus, with the Senate Appropriations Committee scheduling a hearing to examine it.

Comments

SamAdams

Why so much money? Give 'em a sandwich and put 'em on a bus! It's better than criminals deserve, but these are children being coerced into it by adults. Whether those adults are well-meaning parents or members of a drug cartel with something in mind makes no difference. They're committing a crime, and shouldn't be rewarded for it even if we choose NOT to punish them (and I'd certainly agree that the kids shouldn't be punished).

I also understand that the money, supposedly to "deal with border kids" like the headline suggests, isn't exactly being earmarked in total for those kids. Nope, in typical DC fashion, Obama is appealing to the media and to us but he's stuffing the request full of unrelated pork.

On two levels, the answer is NO!

downthemiddle

Amazing how the children show up right after laws on immigration reform are declared dead

Anyone who doesn't recognize a scam here simply cannot see.

Dog,coastie.. Rejoyce!! Obama is outrunning the flanks. The democrats will control things until we all are broke trying to support the third world. In a few years, Your pensions and social security will be taxed out of value.

Congratulations!!! You win!!

coasterfan

Well, you're right in saying that Democrats will continue to control things. That isn't likely to change until Republicans finally realize that their stance on economic and social issues is alienating anyone who isn't already a member of their shrinking constituency.

You are entirely wrong about taxes, however. During the past 2 years, taxes have been at their lowest rate during the past 30 years. You could also use a little history lesson: we had a budget SURPLUS when Clinton left office. Bush turned that into a multi-trillion dollar deficit that continued to grow as long as he was in office. The deficit began to drop again under Obama, and is now roughly half the size it was in 2009.

That's not much of a surprise, since the deficit has grown under every GOP president since 1980, and shrunk under every Democrat president.

So you needn't worry. If we survived the Bush years, America can survive anything. That is, as long as we keep Republicans out of the White House, since they have proved beyond all doubt that they only know how to make the economy worse. Personally, I don't like what the Bush Recession did to my pension. My mother-in-law lost nearly $200,000 from her pension. Gee, thanks George.

Contango

Re: "Democrats will continue to control things."

Based on the Democrat initiated bureaucratic mess occurring on the border, the Dems are 'controlling' events right into chaos.

anthras

Re:"You could also use a little history lesson: we had a budget SURPLUS when Clinton left office. Bush turned that into a multi-trillion dollar deficit that continued to grow as long as he was in office."

We did have a brief budget surplus under Clinton due to his lowering the capital gains tax which helped businesses and although a tax cut actually increased revenue to the treasury. Also the Republicans did shut down the government as a result congress and Clinton agreed to cut spending creating a surplus. The economy had started to slow down prior to Clinton leaving office.

It is always interesting to note that you blame the Republican controlled house for many of Obamas failures however you place the sole blame on Bush in lieu of the fact that his economy was doing great the first 4 years and crashed the last 2 years when the house and senate was controlled by the Democrats. You might also check the bills that congress sent to the senate but Harry would not bring up for a vote.

Contango

Re: "My mother-in-law lost nearly $200,000 from her pension. Gee, thanks George."

lol

Pres. Bush was responsible for your MIL's bad investment choices?

abigbear

Guy goes into a bar in Louisiana where there’s a robot bartender! The robot says, “What will you have?” The guy says, “Whiskey.” The robot brings back his drink and says to the man, “What’s your IQ?” The guy says,” 168.” The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology.

The guy leaves, . . . but he is curious . . . So he goes back into the bar. The robot bartender says, “What will you have?” The guy says, “Whiskey.” Again, the robot brings the man his drink and says, “What’s your IQ?” The guy says, “100.” The robot then starts to talk about Nascar, Budweiser, the Saints and LSU Tigers

The guy leaves, but finds it very interesting, so he thinks he will try it one more time. He goes back into the bar. The robot says, “What will you have?” The guy says, “Whiskey,” and the robot brings him his whiskey. The robot then says, “What’s your IQ?” The guy says, “Uh, about 50.”

The robot leans in real close and says, “SO, . . . you people . . . still happy . . . with Obama?”

Contango

lol. Thanks!

The New World Czar

Funny- wasn't it $2 billion not too long ago? He'll spend this much on "immigration judges" and civil rights advocate attornies alone when this is said and done.

Darwin's choice

He has to pay the familys of all those future votes.....

obama/sux

coasterfan

It's spelled "families". Apparently, your gene pool could use some chlorine.

Contango

Re: "It's (sic) spelled 'families.'"

In the above context it's spelled "Its" genius. :)

Darwin's choice

Ha ha ha ha !!!!!! That's your best shot loser?

Palin calls for Obama's impeachment

Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin said the spike in illegal border crossings is another reason to impeach President Obama.
"Enough is enough of the years of abuse from this president," Palin wrote on the Brietbart website. "His unsecured border crisis is the last straw that makes the battered wife say, 'no mas.'"
The former Alaska governor, picked by Republican presidential nominee John McCain to be his running mate in 2008, also protested the federal debt, health care, executive orders and "unsustainably generous welfare-state programs" in a litany of complaints against Obama.
"President Obama's rewarding of lawlessness, including his own, is the foundational problem here. It's not going to get better, and in fact irreparable harm can be done in this lame-duck term as he continues to make up his own laws as he goes along," Palin writes.

She adds: "It's time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment."
While the Republican-run House, in theory, has the numbers to vote for impeachment, it is impossible to imagine that the Democratic-run Senate would take up such a matter.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/th...

obama/sux

jazzbo

Sarah Palin is a big idiot , just like you , except you are a bigger one.

dontknowmuch

jizzbo.... that's the best you could come up with?

jazzbo

dontknowshit-

Wasn't that enough ?

anthras

Re:"Funny- wasn't it $2 billion not too long ago? He'll spend this much on "immigration judges" and civil rights advocate attornies alone when this is said and done."

I agree a few billion to Obama is like pocket change. Just awhile back it was learned that the State Dept. could not account for 6 billion dollars. Maybe congress should tell Obama if he could find the 6 billion that the State Dept lost he could use what he needs for the boarder problems.

Maggdi

Lots of new voters AND a big 'ole roll of money to spend how he see's fit..... dude's truly a player
It will never stop my friends. We'll go from one manufactured crisis to the next.
Climate Crisis, Healthcare Crisis, Financial institution Crisis and now a massive invasion of our border. And Don't even try to explain my lack of nuance because that's what it is.
By the way, other countries have handled this situation and they are called refugee camps. My heart hurts at the thought.

coasterfan

First: climate change is real; the debate only remains with people who don't understand science. Second, the main crisis of our healthcare reform is Republican attempts to deny healthcare coverage to millions. Third, the Financial Institution crisis happened during the Bush years, as a direct result of policies championed by the GOP.

Republicans are anti-immigration for one obvious reason: their appalling record on minority rights drives the vast majority of those people to vote Democrat.

Maggdi

First supposed anthropological climate change is real to those making money off it. Second the only people I've heard who have suffered for denied health care in this country are our veterans. Denied coverage by your beloved bureaucrats. And third our president made lots and lots of friends doling out that bale out/stimulus money as he saw fit.

And I'm certainly not anti immigration I just don't understand why the part of the world contiguous to this country has first dib's on who gets to immigrate.

Contango

Re: "climate change is real,"

Off-topic.

Dr. Information

Climate change is real. Yup, you liberals were crying saying the oceans are rising and ice is melting. Well, that was proved wrong......AGAIN.

dontknowmuch

yes it is real, but not the man-caused disaster its portrayed to solely be... anyone who paid attention in science class knows that the earth has warmed and cooled over time... thus the reason there have been no glaciers in Ohio since long, long, long before the burning of fossil fuels

Darwin's choice

Time to impeach this huckster! Last week it was 2 billion, since no one batted an eye, he is now brazen enough to almost double it! How many American resident families doyou think that amount of money would help? Or,how many Veterans?

obama/failed

dontknowmuch

he knows a definite number here, but couldn't provide with the actual ACA signups and said we had to wait

Coram Deo

Dear President Obama...just secure the borders, do YOUR job, that's all the American people want. National security is YOUR JOB and we want you to do it instead of creating crises to further your leftist agenda. Purposefully not making America's borders safe is lawlessness which seems to be your M.O. these days and in my opinion is an impeachable offense. With Border Patrols overwhelmed with ILLEGAL Aliens I would imagine we have opened an even wider door for the drug cartels, another threat to the American people especially our children. Stop leading from behind and simply execute your Constitutional duty.

coasterfan

And I thought conservatives were genetically unable to do anything funny. The GOP has invented non-stop scandals and crises ever since Obama took office, in a futile attempt to delegitimize his presidency. Now we have yahoos on the Right who actually believe that Obama is creating crises?

mikeylikesit

they would NEVER do that, or give guns to drug cartels..

freespeech1

"Invent scandals"? What damn planet you living on? Obama admitted there were improprieties at the IRS. He used executive privilege to stymie Fast and Furious documents, he admitted VA has issues, and he stated numerous times that he only found out about these scandals through the media!! Wake up! good lord

Contango

Re: "non-stop scandals,"

The catastrophe on the border is a phony scandal?

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