Today the White House officially asked the United States Congress for aid in the amount of $3.7 billion in emergency funds to address the crisis at the U.S border. The crisis is due from the flood of unaccompanied minor children coming from Central America and is taxing public resources. The funding would be for $1.1 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, $433 million to Customs and Border Protection. Also, $64 million for the Department of Justice, $300 million to the State Department and $1.8 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services.
According to the White House, the aid for the Department for Health and Human Services ,"HHS will be unable to address the influx of children by securing sufficient shelter capacity with the number of children held at Border Patrol stations continuing to increase, for longer periods of time.” The White House also states that $1.1 billion would go to Homeland Security for transporting the children, for the removal of undocumented adults and expanding the investigation into the capture of those who smuggle others illegally. The White House would also like to increase border control agents, increase additional immigration judges, and also help the countries involved to better control of their own borders.
The crisis has the President sees is a humanitarian crisis. Children that are seen at the U.S. border are fleeing violence and insecurity in their Central American and Mexican communities. It has been reported that more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors have been caught on the U.S.-Mexico border this year. Most are from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Violence and unrelenting poverty are main reason for the flood of children coming unaccompanied to the U.S border.
While the White House has asked for funding, the President is also meeting with Governor Perry of Texas to address the crisis on the Texas-Mexico border. Press secretary Lucy Nashed for Governor Perry released a statement Tuesday which stated, “"Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president tomorrow.”
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson basically acknowledged that the crisis and the coping with floods of unaccompanied minors crossing the border is a legal and humanitarian dilemma for the United States. He continued, “Our border is not open to illegal migration, and we are taking a number of steps to address it, including turning people around faster, and that the administration is "looking at ways to create additional options for dealing with the children in particular, consistent with our laws and our values.”