Obama to ask Congress for $2 billion and new powers to handle immigrant surge

President Obama needs $2 billion and new powers from Congress to respond to the flood of illegal immigrants crossing the Mexican border into the U.S., a White House official said Saturday.

A request letter will be sent to Congress Monday, but details of the emergency appropriation won’t come until after the Fourth of July recess ends July 7.

“On Monday, we will inform Congress that we will be asking them to work with us to ensure that we have the legal authorities to maximize…our efforts,” the official said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Obama will be asking Congress to grant broader powers for immigration officials to speed deportations of children, according to the New York Times:

The president will also ask Congress to revise existing statutes to give the Homeland Security secretary, Jeh Johnson, new authorities to accelerate the screening and deportation of young unaccompanied migrants who are not from Mexico. Fast-track procedures are already in place to deport young migrants from Mexico because it shares a border with the United States.

Here is what some of the American people think about Obama’s request via Twitchy:

 

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