President Obama today requested $3.7 billion from
China Congress to address the crisis created by an influx of illegal immigrants, many of them children, across the border.
About half, $1.8 billion, would be allotted to the Department of Health and Human Services to house and care for the children.
Another $1.1 billion would go to the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit, including $879 million for the “detention and removal of apprehended undocumented adults traveling with children, expansion of alternatives to detention programs for these individuals, and additional prosecution capacity for adults with children who cross the border unlawfully,” according to a document released by the White House.
The DHS Customs and border Protection division would receive $433 million, much of it to pay for logistics at the border. And there’s $295 million for the State Department “to repatriate and reintegrate migrants to Central America” and provide assistance to those governments.
Further details of the request can be found here.
Meantime, the White House today continued to rule out a visit by Obama to the border area when he travels in Texas Wednesday and Thursday. He will meet with a group of officials, though, including Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Perry had earlier ruled out a “handshake” photo op with Obama but now appears satisfied that talks will be more substantive.