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YOUR THREE CENTS: Obama asking Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds for immigration crisis

Updated: Tuesday, July 8 2014, 05:30 PM CDT


President Obama is asking Congress for $3.7 billion in
emergency funds to respond to the flood of immigrants illegally crossing the
border into Texas.  The surge of
undocumented youths from Central America has overwhelmed federal facilities. Obama administration officials blame the
influx on dire conditions in countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El
Salvador. But critics say the administration invited the problem by halting
deportations of some young immigrants who came to the country illegally in past
years. Obama's emergency funding request is just over 10% of the $30 billion in
proposed border security funding included in the Senate-passed immigration
reform bill that House Republican leaders have stalled. It seeks $1.6 billion
for the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice to
bolster customs and border efforts. It also asks for $1.8 billion for the
Department of Health and Human Services to provide appropriate care for
unaccompanied children crossing the border. A spokesman for House Speaker
John Boehner said the request would be considered. Do you support the
President's request for $3.7 billion dollars in emergency funds for the border
crisis?



YOUR THREE CENTS: Obama asking Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds for immigration crisis


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