Obama Seeks Nearly $4B to Deal With Child Immigrants
That's nearly double the initial estimate
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2014 12:18 PM CDT
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/211564-read-white-house-fact-sheet-on-emergency-supplemental-request   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – The White House had been kicking around the idea of requesting $2 billion to deal with the unprecedented wave of underage immigrants arriving from Central America. Today, in a sign of just how fast the crisis is escalating, it made a formal request to Congress for nearly twice that amount, reports the Washington Post. The $3.7 billion would be divvied up among various agencies with a two-pronged goal: to speed up the deportation process while making sure that the kids get adequate health care in detention centers in the interim. Among other things, the money would be used to send more immigration judges to the border, build more holding centers, and beef up border-security patrols.

More than 50,000 unaccompanied minors and about 40,000 women with children have been caught on the border this year, mostly in Texas, far more than any other year. The White House said yesterday that most would not be allowed to stay, reports the Hill. Congress must approve the money, and a spokesperson for John Boehner suggested that it wouldn't be a quick vote. "The speaker still supports deploying the National Guard to provide humanitarian support in the affected areas, which this proposal does not address," he said. The request—see the White House fact sheet here—comes as President Obama prepares to head to Texas. He won't visit the border, reports the New York Times, but he will now apparently meet with Gov. Rick Perry to discuss the situation. (Meanwhile, the UN wants the US to treat Central Americans as refugees.)

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KDickley
Jul 11, 2014 8:04 PM CDT
Close the borders first, Asshole. Then we'll give you more money.
TheJman
Jul 9, 2014 4:57 PM CDT
What the hell does Obama need $80,000 per kid for? The federal government has planes...load them up and fly them back to where they came from. The fact that the Obama team won't let any Republicans into these camps to see what's going on leads me to believe this idiot is up to something shady again. Oh well...there's only so much government money to go around so we'll just have to cut back on those already receiving handouts and share with Obama's new voting block.
Freemason3333
Jul 9, 2014 1:37 PM CDT
Obama seek $ 4 billion to deal with Child Immigrants really? What about health care and people losing their homes because of Wall-Street! This is news, what Obama don't want to talk about! How come $9,000,000,000,000 missing from the FED and the FED prints the USA money?! Here is proof! http://youtu.be/1QK4bblyfsc