News / USA

Obama Asks Congress for $3.7B to Tackle Immigration Crisis

Demonstrators block the buses carrying the undocumented, who were scheduled to be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, California, July 1, 2014.
Demonstrators block the buses carrying the undocumented, who were scheduled to be processed at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station in Murrieta, California, July 1, 2014.
Aru Pande

U.S. President Barack Obama is seeking $3.7 billion from lawmakers to address the increase in the number of migrants, particularly unaccompanied children, crossing into the United States from Central America. Emergency funding request is aimed at addressing what White House officials are calling an urgent humanitarian situation.

The thousands of undocumented migrants who cross into the United States each year all have reasons for making the dangerous journey, only to be detained at the border and sent back.

One 26-year-old migrant says the situation was dire in her native country of Guatemala.

“We came here looking for a future for our children more than anything, but it is very dangerous there with crime, kidnappings and everything," she said.

The woman crossed the U.S. border with her three children, but many young people aren’t so lucky.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexican border since October - a staggering humanitarian problem that the White House says needs a “whole of government response.”

On Tuesday, the Obama administration detailed a $3.7 billion emergency appropriation request for Congress focused on four main areas - deterrence, enforcement, foreign cooperation and capacity.

White House officials say the proposed funding includes $1.6 billion for border enforcement, including the investigation and prosecution of smuggling networks and the expansion of air surveillance.  The money also will be used to speed up the removal of migrants by hiring more immigration judge teams to process an additional 55,000 to 75,000 cases annually.

“We are also seeking greater authority that the secretary of Homeland Security could use to more efficiently remove those individuals who don’t have a legal basis for remaining in the country," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would receive an additional $1.8 billion to provide appropriate care for the surge of unaccompanied children and address the influx of minors coming across the border.

White House officials say the State Department would receive $300 million for media campaigns in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador warning the public against traveling to the U.S.  The funding also would support those countries’ repatriation efforts, including building centers for returning migrants.
Republican lawmakers Tuesday accused Obama of not moving fast enough to move more resources to the border.

"Appropriate money that it is still going for nation building in Iraq to fund the National Guard on our southern border," said U.S. Senator Ted Poe of Texas. "Surely protecting our border is just as important as securing the border of Iraq?"

For its part, the White House is urging Congress to act fast and consider Obama’s proposal in a bipartisan manner.

You May Like

Photogallery Oxfam: Ebola Could Be 'Disaster of Our Generation'

Meanwhile, Fidel Castro, the former leader of Cuba, says the Caribbean island nation will 'gladly cooperate' with the US in the fight against Ebola in West Africa More

Multimedia Kobani Fighting Sends 400,000 Refugees to Turkey

Refugees receive help from Turkish authorities and individuals, but say much more is needed More

India’s Ruling Nationalist Party Makes Gains in Regional Elections

Bharatiya Janata Party’s huge margin over its rivals puts it on course to form governments in the northern Haryana and western Maharashtra states More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Not Again from: Canada
July 08, 2014 8:12 PM
A comprehensive approach is needed to deal with this very tragic situation, at least:
1. The children need to be returned to their parents ASAP;
2. Mexico needs to secure its Northern, and more importantly its Southern borders; Mexican authorities are clearly failing to control their borders, their controls are so poor, that even small children can get by, or they are so corrupt that even poor country children can pay their way in; so imagine how easy it would be for organized terrorist to get by??? The word will get around, it is a tremendous security gap for all in North America;
3. The countries involved need to be helped to improve their own internal security issues and their economies; It is far more humane, and probably cheaper, to keep people in their own countries, rather than have them become refugees;
4. Both parties need to work together, use their brain power, to resolve the issue; conflict and confrontation will put all of North America at a tremendous security risk, blaming the Obama administration just not gona solve any of these issues, which have gone on for almost 50 yrs; after all, the 30+ millions, most of them got in well before Obamas even got into politics... And given that the Republicans always "SAY" they have a better way, people should hear it, how much longer will they keep their better ways of solving this/other issues secret ? I guess another 50+ yrs, I doubt it- talk is cheap, but good solutions require brain power!
Cruz is the most far out...., his solution is universal = first step always blame Obama; second step blame every one else in the Republican Party....his best enunciation, that will solve all problems of the planet, is cut the budget; and the coup de grace blame the administration for not having enough resources allocated to tackle the problem; he does not realize that allocating resources- requires money in budgets; his next step is back to the top- Blame Obama.....

In Response

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 09, 2014 6:11 AM
You are speaking about the Blame Game that has been going on since the Blame Bush years. Actually, Democs still find way inject the almost dead Blame Bush campaign. So be fair. Both sides of this political sewer blames each other while people are suffering! You are asking for brain power? And you think politicians possess any of this natural resourse? Our nation became great again because of Reagan (yep, he lied), and Clinton made sure he kept America great as well (yep, he lied, but was much cooler about it). Those were the days when politicians actually care about Americians. Since you insist on defending Obama in the name of Cruz, remember this, Obama swore to the American people that "if you elect me, I will bring the parties together that have been so divided by the previous administration (Bush)." The parties are more divided than ever in history, and that was said by a Democrat! I had truly hoped by now that people like yourself would have realized that politicians are simply POLITICIANS! I consider myself a Reaganite, and Bill Clinton is one of my all time favorite Presidents! Bet you didn't know that Bill treated daddy Bush like HE was his father, more so than Bush Jr did!

So I ask you, Canadian, what would you do with a child, who has no future, and sending him/her back would probably ensure misery, tell us, what would you do if that child sought refuge in your arms? But that is just a wasted question because they know where they can go for help. Too bad Bithiah (woman who pulled baby Moses out of the water) wasn't Canadian. Too bad the Egyptian Pharaoh didn't shoo Mary and Joseph away, because he believed in Canadian's views. These children deserve a chance. It used ot matter to Americans about people in need. I guess now you understand why our country has lost its very foundation. We became a great nation because of these kinds of people. But since we are comfortable in our central A/C homes, and lattes, and nice cars, well kept roads, electricity and water in every home..........then we have no place for those "tired huddled masses yearning to breathe free." You Canadians may not understand what it means to be an American, but I sure do, since this is how my anchestors came here long ago!


by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
July 08, 2014 8:00 PM
With US Debt Clock ticking at about 18 trillions $, President Obama asks Congress for more money, for more US Debt. However, can anybody believe him that the money will be spend prudently? Why some illegal immigrants aren’t welcomed when the other illegal immigrants, particularly from Russia, are welcomed with the USA under Obama administration serving for them as a safe heaven? Contrary to the provisions of The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, in the end of March 2014 Russian-born school age children illegally passed the U.S. Embassy’s interviews, immigrated to the USA and were received in the USA schools without any consent of their legal father, a Russian Federation national. At the time of the human trafficking the mother’s family name was Orlova EE, born October 1969, third times divorced three years ago. She travelled to her fourth husband, USA national, to Marlton in New Jersey, for permanent place of residence. Her son’s family name is Orlov AI, born June 30, 1997. Her daughter’s family name is Orlova VI, born December 25, 2006. The USA Embassy in Russia turns deaf ear and in barbaric manner doesn’t respond to numerous requests and appeals from Russian relatives left behind.

In Response

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 09, 2014 6:40 AM
You guys need to find a hotel room, I'll pay! I'll even throw in a couple of American flags and a can of lighter fluid, but no marshmallows! You girls might get hurt with marshmallows!

Yes, Meanbill, the US currency is the world's currency. Burn it, don't use it anymore, show all of us that you are the man behind your rhetoric! The evil US dollar that keeps the electricity on in your trailer because you are on welfare!

Yes, Gennady, the truth about this case involving Orlova Al, is correct. The truths about Russia abducting (not just Americans!) foreigners and putting them in Siberian prisons without notifying their respective countries. Yes, let it all out about the wrong doings of our nations, they are both guilty. Glad you pointed that out to everyone on this forum! Oh......you didn't.....my bad......you were just pointing blame at the US only. Sorry.

But it is refreshing that wonderful and caring men like yourselves never express concern for these children that need our help. Returning them to their homes would be a worse fate than those Siberian luxury cells in Russia. I know your hearts are in the right place for the helpless kids. I can tell in ALL your responses about anything dealing with PEOPLE in trouble, because of POLITICIANS!!!!! Keep up the good work, and when you guys succeed at the destruction of the USA, then ask Gennady if he will pay the heating bill for you, Meanbill!!!! By the way, Meanbill, Russian government regulates utilitiy usage. You must keep your A/C at 94 degrees in the summer and heating at 48 degrees in the winter. Keep the lights off during the day, and turn them on at night long enough to get into bed. Haha, Gennady, I have spent time in your government-controlled country! Amazing what you learn about another country when you date a Russian girl, beautiful by the way! Staying in hotels, you learn nothing about any nation. Get out with the common people! Stay in their homes. Live their life! Come to America Gennady, you'll never go back! How many Americans defected to Russia? How many Russians defected to America? Learn the facts, and....Have fun!

In Response

by: meanbill from: USA
July 08, 2014 10:14 PM
BELIEVE it or not?... The US dollar is the world's dominant reserve currency, (and all other currencies in the world, are rated to the value of the US dollar), and we just keep printing as many dollars as we want, because every country in the world believes our US dollar is worth more than their money.... (even though), if you asked for cash your US dollar, we'd print and give you more US dollars, because that's all it's worth....

PS;... The US printed money is not backed by anything, (but what it's worth), is compared to your countries printed money, not backed by anything either..... We Americans can print and spend a billion trillion dollars, and it wouldn't make any difference..... the world wouldn't know, would it?...... REALLY


by: Carla Vomit from: USA
July 08, 2014 7:59 PM
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement employee claims that the Obama administration has handed a number of ICE agents in the Murrieta/LA area paid temporary leave, a move that will exacerbate the mass influx of illegal immigrants into the region.

Liberty News’ Eric Odom, who is currently on the scene in the flashpoint town of Murrieta, says an ICE employee who lives in Orange County told him, “the Obama administration has furloughed Murrieta/LA area ICE agents full time until further notice,” but that the agents would continue to receive full pay.

“One would think any ICE agents still being paid full time would be deployed to actually assist the U.S. in its fight against Obama’s foreign invasion of the interior United States. Especially in light of the controversially fight between the federal government and the citizens of Murrieta,” writes Odom, noting that the move weakens American security without even saving any money.

Murrieta has been the site of clashes between pro-amnesty demonstrators and anti-illegal immigration activists since last week, with the arrival of militant La Raza members likely to escalate tensions.

Anti-amnesty activists are attempting to stop the arrival of busloads of illegal immigrants, mainly children, who are being transferred from overcrowded detention facilities in Texas. As we have previously highlighted, many of the illegals involved in similar programs are simply being processed and then released into the general population.

Despite the fact that the disorder in Murrieta is the work of pro-amnesty demonstrators who describe themselves as communists, federal riot police are arriving in order to act as a deterrent to the largely peaceful anti-illegal immigration protesters.

The idea of Border Patrol and ICE agents being told to stand down is nothing new. Last year, Shawn Moran, Vice President of the National Border Patrol Council, revealed that Border Patrol management had, “begun the practice of ordering Border Patrol Agents to stand down and cease pursuing drug smugglers, human smugglers and traffickers, and illegal aliens.”




The furloughing of ICE agents is likely to increase concerns that the Obama administration is pursuing the Cloward and Piven-style strategy of intentionally provoking a border crisis in order to bring the country to a state of near social collapse, a situation which would then mandate draconian state intervention.

Last month, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa told World Net Daily, “If you don’t see them bring reinforcements down there to seal the border, that means that, yes, it’s a Cloward-Piven maneuver to flood the country until we get to the point where we are an open-borders country that welcomes everybody, legal and illegal.”

Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas echoed King’s sentiments, saying the Obama administration’s chaotic border policy was about creating a Democratic voting bloc.

As we reported recently, University of California Professor Darrell Y. Hamamoto sees mass uncontrolled immigration as part of a “plan to destroy national sovereignty” by bringing in huge numbers of people who can be re-educated in order to create a subservient underclass.

In Response

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 09, 2014 7:03 AM
With all that you have said, what everyone has said, it doesn't help the situation at all, for everyone! When Bush took action to stop the influx of illegals, California was the first to let their hearts bleed and demand CA be a sanctuary state. Everyone hated Bush. Bleeding heart Obama isn't being Bush'y to stop the influx, everyone is hating on him. America used to be the arms of the world to comfort the 'tired huddled masses yearning to breathe free.' But now that we have central A/C, nice cars, delicious lattes, paved roads, utilities in every home....then @#$% everyone else!

As far as this joke of La Raza is concerned, they have proven to be anything that would signify La Raza and what La Raza stands for. They beat down there own coming from Mexico, and treat them like invaders! I know this well when I was dating a Mexican girl, newly living in Anaheim from Mexico, and complaining about how 'La Raza' people treated her! She was confused, she thought that Americans would treat her that way, but she learned that La Raza is about La Raza only, not the origin of it's people! La Raza is latching onto this crisis to escalate it, not show care and concerned for these desperate children. La Raza isn't offering help, they are only offering conflict!!!! yeah, that helps.


by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
July 08, 2014 6:20 PM
President Obama should not be granted 1.8 billion dollars to take care of these illegally coming children. The above amount of money should be allocated to deportation of those children illegally entering U.S.A. If US cannot control its border, there is no reason for spending US resources for protecting the borders of any other country. There is no reason of defending any country, if US cannot defend its own borders.

In Response

by: 1worldnow from: Earth
July 09, 2014 7:06 AM
Well, if we are to spend money to send people back to where they came from, then let's deport those illegals who are CRIMINALS!!!! These kids need our comfort, and they deserve a chance. You know, that stupid American idealism that MADE THIS COUNTRY GREAT! Spend the money to send the illegal riff-raff back, keep these kids, they have a chance to be an American!

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Exclusive: American Joins Kurds' Anti-IS Fighti
X
Zana Omer
October 18, 2014 6:37 PM
The United States and other Western nations have expressed alarm about their citizens joining Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq. In a rare counterpoint to the phenomenon, an American has taken up arms with the militants' Syrian Kurdish opponents. Elizabeth Arrott has more in this exclusive profile by VOA Kurdish reporter Zana Omer in Ras al Ayn, Syria.
Video

Video Exclusive: American Joins Kurds' Anti-IS Fight

The United States and other Western nations have expressed alarm about their citizens joining Islamic State forces in Syria and Iraq. In a rare counterpoint to the phenomenon, an American has taken up arms with the militants' Syrian Kurdish opponents. Elizabeth Arrott has more in this exclusive profile by VOA Kurdish reporter Zana Omer in Ras al Ayn, Syria.
Video

Video South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks

Every able-bodied South Korean male between 18 and 35 must serve for 21 to 36 months in the country’s armed forces, depending upon the specific branch. For many, service is a rite of passage to manhood. But there are growing concerns that bullying and violence come along with the tradition. Reporter Jason Strother has more from Seoul.
Video

Video Comanche People Maintain Pride in Their Heritage

The Comanche (Indian nation) once were called the “Lords of the Plains,” with an empire that included half the land area of current day Texas, large parts of Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas and Colorado.The fierceness and battle prowess of these warriors on horseback delayed the settlement of most of West Texas for four decades. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Lawton, Oklahoma, that while their warrior days are over, the 15,000 members of the Comanche Nation remain a proud people.
Video

Video Turkey Campus Attacks Raise Islamic Radicalization Fears

Concerns are growing in Turkey of Islamic radicalization at some universities, after clashes between supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS) or ISIS, and those opposed to the extremists. Pro-jihadist literature is on sale openly on the streets of Istanbul. Critics accuse the government of turning a blind eye to radicalism at home, while Kurds accuse the president of supporting IS - a charge strongly denied. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Syrian Defector Leaks Shocking Photos of Torture Victims

Shocking photographs purporting to show Syrian torture victims are on display at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. The museum says the graphic images are among thousands of photographs recently smuggled out of Syria by a military policeman-turned-defector. As VOA reporter Julie Taboh reports, the museum says the photos provide further evidence of atrocities committed by the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against its own people.
Video

Video Drought-Stricken California Considers Upgrading Water System

A three-year drought in California is causing a water shortage that is being felt on farms and cities throughout the state. As VOA's Mike O’Sullivan reports, water experts, consumers and farmers say California needs to make changes to cope with an uncertain future.
Video

Video TechShop Puts High-tech Dreams Within Reach

Square, a business app and card reader, makes it possible to do credit card transactions through cell phones. But what made Square possible? VOA’s Adrianna Zhang and Enming Liu have the answer.
Video

Video Church for Atheists Goes Global

Atheists, by definition, do not believe in God. So they should have no need of a church. But two years ago, a pair of British stand-up comedians decided to create one. Sanderson Jones and Pippa Evans told the BBC they envisioned “something like church but without God". Their “Sunday Assembly” movement has grown from a single congregation in London to dozens of churches around the world. Reporter Mike Osborne visited with the members of a Sunday Assembly that now meets regularly in Nashville.
Video

Video Robot Locates Unexploded Underwater Mines

Many educators believe that hands-on experience is the best way to learn. Proving that the method works is a project developed by a group of students at the Stevens Institute of Technology, in Hoboken, New Jersey. They rose up to a challenge posted by the U.S. Department of Defense and successfully designed and built an underwater robot for locating submerged unexploded ordnance. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Liberia's JFK Hospital Reopens After Temporary Ebola Exposure

JFK Hospital is Liberia’s largest and one of its oldest medical facilities. The hospital had to close temporarily following the deaths of two leading doctors from Ebola. It is now getting back on its feet, with the maternity ward being the first section to reopen. Benno Muchler has more for VOA News from Monrovia.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests Expose Generation Gap

Most of the tens of thousands of protesters in Hong Kong are students seeking democracy. Idealistic youths say while the older generation worries about the present, they are fighting for the territory's future. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Hong Kong.
Video

Video Liberians Living in US Struggle From Afar as Ebola Ravages Homeland

More than 8,000 Liberians live in New York City, more than in any other city outside of Liberia itself. As VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports, with the Ebola virus ravaging their homeland, there is no peace of mind for these New Yorkers.
Video

Video Kurds See War-Ravaged Kobani As Political, Emotional Heartland

Intense fighting is continuing between Islamic State militants -- also known as ISIS or ISIL -- and Kurdish forces around the Syrian town of Kobani, on the Turkish border. The U.S. said it carried out at least nine airstrikes against Islamic State positions Friday. Meanwhile the U.N. has warned that hundreds of civilians would be massacred if the town falls to the militants. Henry Ridgwell looks at the strategic significance of the city.

All About America

AppleAndroid