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:
Obama to ask Mon for billions to handle surge of children illegally crossing US border; what money will do, on @CBSEveningNews tonight.
— Mark Albert (@malbertnews) June 29, 2014
Obama will be requesting billions of dollars to be shifted to the border next few weeks. Lets see where this goes.
— Michael Murphy (@MichaelMurphyKO) June 29, 2014
Obama asking for $2B to tackle immigration issue… This is mismanagement and incompetency at the grandest scale. Where’s the public outcry? — thevicar (@thevicar) June 29, 2014
Obama asks for 2 billion dollars… 50000 kids that’s 40000 each. WTF? — Jim Self (@SelfJim) June 29, 2014
Obama and his crew cannot even keep track of IRS E mails,who in their right mind thinks they can keep track of thousands of illegal kids. — G A on Rock 94 1/2 (@GARock945) June 29, 2014
I didn’t know the US could spare 2 billion dollars. But sure, let’s give it to all the illegal immigrant children! Thanks Obama… — Jess Crosson (@JCross14) June 29, 2014
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