The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
While overall rates of apprehensions across our Southwest border remain at near historic lows, apprehensions and processing of children and individuals from Central America crossing the border in the Rio Grande Valley have continued at high rates. The Administration continues to address this urgent humanitarian situation with a whole-of government response which includes efforts by the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Justice (DOJ) to deploy additional enforcement resources -- including immigration judges, Immigration and Customs Enforcement attorneys, and asylum officers -- to focus on individuals and adults traveling with children from Central America and entering without authorization across the Southwest border. Part of this surge includes detention of adults traveling with children, as well as expanded use of the Alternatives to Detention program, to avoid a more significant humanitarian situation. DHS is working to secure additional space that satisfies applicable legal and humanitarian standards for detention of adults with children. This surge of resources means that cases are processed fairly and as quickly as possible, ensuring the protection of asylum seekers and refugees while enabling the prompt removal of individuals who do not qualify for asylum or other forms of relief from removal. Finally, to attack the criminal organizations and smuggling rings that are exploiting these individuals, agencies are surging law enforcement task forces in cooperation with our international partners, with a focus on stepped-up interdiction and prosecution.
Under the President’s direction, the Administration also continues to work closely with our Mexican and Central American partners to address the root causes of this problem, stem the flow of adults and unaccompanied children into the United States, and expand capacity to receive and reintegrate repatriated migrants. Following the Vice President’s June 20 meeting with leaders from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico, to discuss our shared responsibility for promoting security, these countries committed to working together and with the United States to address the immediate humanitarian situation as well as the long-term challenges. Secretary Kerry met with leaders from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras on July 1st in Panama, and in his remarks highlighted some of the challenges driving migration, the importance of applying the law and combating misinformation, and working together with Central American partners to address these challenges. We are working with our Central American partners, nongovernmental organizations, and other influential voices to send a clear message to potential migrants so that they understand the significant dangers of this journey and to make clear that they are not eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals process or earned citizenship provisions that are part of comprehensive immigration reform pending in the Congress. As part of this effort, we have also committed foreign assistance resources to improve capacity of these countries to receive and reintegrate returned individuals and address the underlying security and economic issues that cause migration.
While the Administration is working across all of these channels, we are eager to work with the Congress to ensure that sufficient resources and authorities exist to continue our efforts. That is why today the President is requesting a $3.7 billion supplemental appropriation focused on:
The supplemental appropriation broken down below would fund activities at the Departments of, Homeland Security (DHS), Justice (DOJ), State and other International Programs, and Health and Human Services (HHS).
The Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement - $1.1 billion
This proposal would provide the Department of Homeland Security a total of $1.1 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Of this total:
The Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection - $433 million
This proposal would provide the Department of Homeland Security a total of $433 million for Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Of this total:
The Department of Justice - $64 million
This proposal would provide the Department of Justice a total of $64 million. Of the total:
Department of State and Other International Programs - $300 million
This proposal would provide $300 million to the Department of State. Of the total:
The Department of Health and Human Services - $1.8 billion
This proposal would provide an additional $1.8 billion for HHS to provide the appropriate care for unaccompanied children, consistent with Federal law, while maintaining services for refugees. With these funds, HHS will have the resources to be able to care for the children currently projected to come into the custody of the Department of Homeland Security while putting in place more stable, cost-effective arrangements for these children going forward. The proposal would also support the ongoing HHS medical response activities for unaccompanied children to address the surge at Border Patrol facilities.
Without supplemental funding, absent undertaking extraordinary measures, agencies will not have sufficient resources to adequately address this situation. 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. Going forward, HHS will be unable to set-up more stable, cost-effective arrangements for these children, Border Patrol agents will have to be re-assigned to child care duties from their border security work, and ICE will lack the resources needed to sufficiently expand detention and removal capacity for adults with children who cross the border illegally. In addition, without additional funds, DOJ will be unable to keep pace with its growing caseload, leading to longer wait times for those cases already on the docket. And absent dedicated resources in Central American countries, we will not make progress on the larger drivers of this humanitarian crisis. For these reasons, supplemental resources are urgently needed to continue forward with the aggressive response that the Administration has deployed to date.
According to Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, only 2% of this 3.7 Billion would actually be used to secure the border. More "Smoke & Mirrors."
This is going to bring total chaos and anarchy to the United States. Lock and Load and keep your powder dry
I have been following very closely all of the Obama Administration's choreographed efforts to waste hundreds of millions of dollars of Taxpayer money through Federal Contracts that pamper these illegal Aliens and provide them with better social services than Americans. They get free Medical, free Housing, free Food, free Lawyers, free Transportation, etc.
I HAVE A GRATE IDEA !!!!!!!!! JUST SEND THEM BACK !!!!!! DON'T LET THEM ENTER!!!!!!
No more money to this administration. We cannot afford to watch it evaporate into welfare rolls etc. Congess should provide the necessary funds to put our troops across the entire southern border to properly secure it stopping the in flux of more kids and God knows what else. Once this is accomplished we can then look deeper into this mess Obumer has created and have congress over see each step and dollar spent.I don't know about everyone but I for one stopped trusting this guy years ago
1) ICE is not holding anyone for more than 72 hours. They go to a hearing and are immediately released on their OR.
2) The root cause of the "surge" has nothing to do with crime in their native countries. The drawing factor is that the USA provides more give-aways than any other country in the world.... plain and simple.
3) Do away with the give-away programs and return all ALIENS to Mexico and let them seal their southern border. The USA needs to seal it's borders, north and south, for a period of 30 days, so that Mexico can provide substantial proof of their intended plan to seal their southern border. Canada has a similar problem with Asians invading Canada and crossing the border into Washington, Idaho and Montana.
4) Finish the fences (dual layer) and put the National Guard on the Border. Return ALL illegal Aliens to south of the border after finger printing them (children, too). Let Mexico tend to their humanitarian needs. The illegal aliens came to this country because the USA has been advertising the "free-bees" for the past two years, all over South America. I have an EX-PAT Canadian friend in Guatemala and he tells me that there are fliers all over the country, from the State Department, telling anyone that would read them that the USA is the land of milk and honey... free for the taking. Is there any doubt who is behind this scheme?
If Obama wants 3.7B dollars to "take care" of all these illegal aliens he is responsible for bringing here he had better start digging in his own pockets and his children's piggy banks to get it. He has spent over 50M of our taxpayer dollars on his own personal vacations and I'm tired of paying the tab for his vacations and for him to send our money to terrorists overseas and take care of illegal residents and not the Americans to whom that money belongs. The House of Representatives had best stop it right here and now and refuse to give him this money. Any representative who votes to fund it should be automatically not re-electable for his/her next term. The Senate has to be shut down too as well as his EO pen. He can't authorize this money himself and if he does something to get it illegally, he should immediately be arrested. I am a compassionate person but Obama sent word to South America, Central America and the Middle East to flood our borders and we all know for what reason. More illegal voter fraud for November 2014. The children and mothers were sent as a smoke screen and a ploy to pull the heartstrings of the people of this country. This man may be smart but he underestimates the power and the intelligence of the majority of the American people. We need to send all these people home and that is the solution. We cannot take care of the world anymore. Obama has made sure of that and we can't keep pouring our money at him to send elsewhere while America becomes a Third World Country. If Congress won't act and do what has to be done to stop him, then I guess it is up to the American People. And, by the way, Governor Rick Perry speaks the truth, I'm sure, Paul. We all know Obama wouldn't speak the truth if it meant his life.
Obama's previous amendment to spending the funds has been amended again. but Paul Z is correct - it is Smoke & Mirrors -
Typical Democrat solution....throw tax dollars on the fire when we need a FIREMAN...
NO MORE MONEY TO ANYONE IN THIS ADMINISTRATION. They are stealing billions to give to their pet projects and favored constituents and that does not include us.
This is all designed to make Republicans look bad going into elections.