Early Tuesday morning, President Obama announced he will ask Congress for $3.7 billion towards the border crisis.
The money, will help the growing number of recently arrived immigrant children at the southern border.
In a press conference held at the White House at 1:04 pm ET, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest stated that, “We hope this emergency request does not get bogged down in Congress, so we can help those at the border, both immigrants and US citizens.”
The plan is for the funds, to be broken into five separate areas of the border control system, with $1.1 billion towards Immigration and Customs Enforcement, $433 million to Customs and Border Protection, $64 million to the Department of Justice, $300 million to the State Department and $1.8 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services
This formal request has support from both the left and the right, something President Obama stressed the importance of in a White House press conference last week.
“Now, there are others in the Republican Caucus in the House who are arguing that they can’t act because they’re mad at me about using my executive authority too broadly. I’d rather see permanent fixes to the issue we face,” he said. “I would love nothing more than bipartisan legislation to pass the House, the Senate, land on my desk so I can sign it. I take executive action only when we have a serious problem, a serious issue, and Congress chooses to do nothing. And in this situation, the failure of House Republicans to pass a darn bill is bad for our security, it’s bad for our economy, and it’s bad for our future.”
Political analysts say that the Obama administration has been much more lenient on foreign children being admitted to the US, and now, they are all taking advantage of that fact.
The root of this issue does not lie in the Obama administration, but the last weeks of the Bush administration. Before leaving office, former President George W. Bush and a bipartisan coalition signed the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Re authorization Act of 2008 into law, which allows children entering the country alone to appear at an immigration hearing and consult with an advocate, as well as receive care from the Department of Health and Human Services.
President Obama will be meeting with Texas Governor, Republican Rick Perry on Wednesday. The visit has already been dubbed President Obama’s “Katrina Moment,” recalling former President George W. Bush’s fly over of Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Whether he visits the border or not, this will be a defining moment for the Obama administration, demonstrating their strength in dealing with pressing immigration issues.
(This ending is so unprofessional, but hey, it is a blog.)