Jul 8, 2014 5:48 PM
President Barack Obama's request to Congress for $3.7 billion to respond to the rise in border crossings by Central American children includes money to boost enforcement, add immigration judges and expand shelter and medical care for the minors while they are detained.
Here are some details of the proposal, submitted Tuesday:
-$1.1 billion for the Department of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to help deter border-crossers and increase enforcement. That would include $879 million to pay for detention and removal of adults traveling with children, to provide additional detention space for those individuals and to speed up the prosecution of adults who cross the border unlawfully with children.
-$433 million for Customs and Border Protection to cover overtime costs and for additional facilities to detain unaccompanied children while they are in Border Patrol custody. It also includes nearly $40 million to increase air surveillance, including drone flights along the border.
-$1.8 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services for the care of unaccompanied children, including shelter and medical care. Children from countries such as Guatemala, Honduras or El Salvador who are caught entering illegally must be transferred from the Border Patrol to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement within 72 hours. But the lack of facilities to house the children has overwhelmed the system, and many have been placed with parents or family members where they can wait months for an immigration hearing.
- $64 million to the Department of Justice, with much of the money to be spent on hiring 40 additional teams of immigration judges. The White House says that if this increase is added to a previous request for 35 additional teams, the system will be able to process an additional 55,000 to 75,000 cases annually.
--$300 million to the State Department with most of the money used to help repatriate migrants to Central America, to help Central American governments control their borders and to address economic and security concerns that may be driving the migration.
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