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 Americans Celebrate Thanksgiving With Feasts, Festivities

Holiday traditions include turkey dinners, 'turkey trots,' American-style football and New York parade with giant balloons More

Video For Obama, Ferguson Violence is a Personal Issue

With two years left in term, analysts say, president has less to lose by taking conversation on race further More

Video Italian Espresso Expands Into Space

When Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti headed for the ISS, her countrymen worried how she would survive six months drinking only instant coffee 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.
To Make A Living, Nairobi Street Vendors Face Legal Hurdles, Physical Violencei
X
Lenny Ruvaga
November 27, 2014 7:05 PM
The Nairobi City Council has been accused of brutality in dealing with hawkers in the Central Business District - in order to stop them from illegally selling their wares on the streets. Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
Video

Video To Make A Living, Nairobi Street Vendors Face Legal Hurdles, Physical Violence

The Nairobi City Council has been accused of brutality in dealing with hawkers in the Central Business District - in order to stop them from illegally selling their wares on the streets. Lenny Ruvaga has more for VOA News from the Kenyan capital.
Video

Video For Obama, Ferguson Violence is a Personal Issue

Throughout the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, President Barack Obama has urged calm, restraint and respect for the rule of law. But the events in Ferguson have prompted him to call — more openly than he has before — for profound changes to end the racism and distrust that he believes still exists between whites and blacks in the United States. VOA White House correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.
Video

Video Online Magazine Gets Kids Discussing Big Questions

Teen culture in America is often criticized for being superficial. But an online magazine has been encouraging some teenagers to explore deeper issues, and rewarding their efforts. VOA religion reporter Jerome Socolovsky went to this year’s Kidspirit awards ceremony in New York.
Video

Video US Community Kicks Off Thanksgiving With Parade

Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States, a holiday whose roots go back to the country's earliest days as a British colony. One way Americans celebrate the occasion is with parades. Anush Avetisyan takes us to one such event on the day before Thanksgiving near Washington, where a community's diversity is on display. Joy Wagner narrates
Video

Video Aung San Suu Kyi: Myanmar Opposition to Keep Pushing for Constitutional Change

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she and her supporters will continue pushing to amend a constitutional clause that bars her from running for president next year. VOA's Than Lwin Htun reports from the capital Naypyitaw in this report narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video Mali Attempts to Shut Down Ebola Transmission Chain

Senegal and Nigeria were able to stop small Ebola outbreaks by closely monitoring those who had contact with the sick person and quickly isolating anyone with symptoms. Mali is now scrambling to do the same. VOA’s Anne Look reports from Mali on what the country is doing to shut down the chain of transmission.
Video

Video Ukraine Marks Anniversary of Deadly 1930s Famine

During a commemoration for millions who died of starvation in Ukraine in the early 1930s, President Petro Poroshenko lashed out at Soviet-era totalitarianism for causing the deaths and accused today’s Russian-backed rebels in the east of using similar tactics. VOA’s Daniel Shearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests at a Crossroads

New public opinion polls in Hong Kong indicate declining support for pro-democracy demonstrations after weeks of street protests. VOA’s Bill Ide in Guangzhou and Pros Laput in Hong Kong spoke with protesters and observers about whether demonstrators have been too aggressive in pushing for change.
Video

Video US Immigration Relief Imminent for Mixed-Status Families

Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area may benefit from a controversial presidential order announced this week. It's not a path to citizenship, as some activists hoped. But it will allow more immigrants who arrived as children or who have citizen children, to avoid deportation and work legally. VOA's Victoria Macchi talks with one young man who benefited from an earlier presidential order, and whose parents may now benefit after years of living in fear.
Video

Video New Skateboard Defies Gravity

A futuristic dream only a couple of decades ago, the hoverboard – a skateboard that floats above the ground - has finally been made possible. While still not ready for mass production, it promises to become a cool mode of transport... at least over some surfaces. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Impact US Oil Extraction

With the price of oil now less than $80 a barrel, motorists throughout the United States are benefiting from gas prices below $3 a gallon. But as VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, the decreasing price of petroleum has a downside for the hydraulic fracturing industry in the United States.
Video

Video Tensions Build on Korean Peninsula Amid Military Drills

It has been another tense week on the Korean peninsula as Pyongyang threatened to again test nuclear weapons while the U.S. and South Korean forces held joint military exercises in a show of force. VOA’s Brian Padden reports from the Kunsan Air Base in South Korea.
Video

Video Mama Sarah Obama Honored at UN Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

President Barack Obama's step-grandmother is in the United States to raise money to build a $12 million school and hospital center in Kogelo, Kenya, the birthplace of the president's father, Barack Obama, Sr. She was honored for her decades of work to aid poor Kenyans at a Women's Entrepreneurship Day at the United Nations.
Video

Video Ebola Economic Toll Stirs W. Africa Food Security Concerns

The World Bank said Wednesday that it expects the economic impact of the Ebola outbreak on the sub-Saharan economy to cost somewhere betweenf $3 billion to $4 billion - well below a previously-outlined worst-case scenario of $32 billion. Some economists, however, paint a gloomier picture - warning that the disruption to regional markets and trading is considerable. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video Chaos, Abuse Defy Solution in Libya

The political and security crisis in Libya is deepening, with competing governments and, according to Amnesty International, widespread human rights violations committed with impunity. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video US Hosts Record 866,000 Foreign Students

Close to 900,000 international students are studying at American universities and colleges, more than ever before. About half of them come from Asia, mostly China. The United States hosts more foreign students than any other country in the world, and its foreign student population is steadily growing. Zlatica Hoke reports.

All About America

AppleAndroid