Today, the U.S. only has one detention facility–in Pennsylvania–suitable for families, and it can hold fewer than 100 people. As a result, virtually all adults traveling with children are released and told to report to immigration court later. Minors have streamed across the border in record numbers in recent months, with more than 52,000 children arriving since the fiscal year began in October. The funding request faces a tough road through Congress. Many Republicans are skeptical about spending so much money, particularly if it is not offset with other spending cuts, and many Democrats resist a focus on jailing families and children, even if they entered the country illegally.
Obama Asks Congress for $3.7 Billion to Contain Border Surge – Yahoo Finance
They were allowed to pass but still had to present papers to immigration at the border. Friday, June 27, 2014. Photo By Bob Owen/San Antonio Express-News Honduran Military Police guard the highway to Guatemala at a military check point near Corinto, Honduras at the Guatemala border. Guides, or “coyotes” are know to escort people around the check point as well as immigration at the border to be undetected. Friday, June 27, 2014.
Obama asks for $3.7 billion to address border crisis – Houston Chronicle
The supplemental appropriation request will include $615 million for the Agriculture Department for wildfire suppression. Senate Vote Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid , a Nevada Democrat, told reporters today that the Appropriations Committee will consider the measure July 10 and that he wants a full Senate vote before lawmakers’ leave Washington for their August break. “It’s something we have to do,” Reid said. “How we get there I really don’t know at this stage.” Michael Steel, a spokesman for Boehner, an Ohio Republican, said in a statement today that Obama’s plan doesn’t do enough to seal the border. “The speaker still supports deploying the National Guard to provide humanitarian support in the affected areas — which this proposal does not address,” according to the statement.
Obama Taps Donor to Be Ambassador to Costa Rica – ABC News
The White House says Fitzgerald Haney is Obama’s pick for the job. Haney is a client services executive at Pzena Investment Bank. The White House says he’s worked in Brazil, Mexico and Puerto Rico, and studied at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Campaign finance records show Fitzgerald raised large sums for Obama’s presidential campaigns and also contributed to Obama’s transition team and inauguration. Obama selected him in 2013 to join the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Immigration: Barack Obama in Political Bind Over Unaccompanied Minors – TIME
Kay Granger, will review the White House proposal, Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, said in a statement. The Speaker still supports deploying the National Guard to provide humanitarian support in the affected areaswhich this proposal does not address. And liberals are organizing to block the White House efforts to rewrite laws to make the deportation of child migrants from Central America less cumbersome. Under current law, unaccompanied minors from Central America are automatically referred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, which works to place them with family members already residing in the United States while they await a court date. Unaccompanied minors from Mexico, however, are treated differently, and can be screened for immediate return to their home country by U.S. Border Patrol if they do not present human trafficking or refugee concerns. There isnt really a policy rationale for treating them differently,a second White House official said Tuesday, arguing that the current system is allowing too many children to check this out stay in the U.S.