How the White House Wants to Spend $3.7 Billion on the Border Crisis

The White House announced a new plan Tuesday to help deal with the massive number of unaccompanied minors at the U.S. border.

Outside the US Border Patrol facility in Murrieta, California on July 3, 2014,
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July 8, 2014, 8:13 a.m.

Pres­id­ent Obama is call­ing on Con­gress to ap­pro­pri­ate $3.7 bil­lion to stem what has been called a hu­man­it­ari­an crisis of fam­il­ies and un­ac­com­pan­ied minors il­leg­ally cross­ing the South­w­est bor­der.

Fam­il­ies and chil­dren are flee­ing es­cal­at­ing vi­ol­ence plaguing Cent­ral Amer­ica’s North­ern Tri­angle, and the funds, if net­ted, will go to­ward tak­ing an “ag­gress­ive ap­proach on both sides of the bor­der,” ac­cord­ing to a White House of­fi­cial.

That’s $3.7 bil­lion the ad­min­is­tra­tion hopes will de­ter fam­il­ies from liv­ing in the shad­ows, speed up the re­mov­al pro­cess, ad­dress the crisis’s root causes, in­crease pro­sec­u­tion of crim­in­al net­works smug­gling chil­dren across the bor­der, and more. It’s a mul­ti­pronged ap­proach that would send fund­ing to the vari­ous de­part­ments — such as Home­land Se­cur­ity, Justice, Health and Hu­man Ser­vices, and State — and oth­er in­ter­na­tion­al pro­grams.

Here’s a by-the-num­bers break­down of the emer­gency sup­ple­ment­al re­quest to curb the crisis.

$1.1 BIL­LION FOR IM­MIG­RA­TION AND CUS­TOMS EN­FORCE­MENT: This would help pay for trans­port­a­tion costs as­so­ci­ated with ap­pre­hend­ing un­ac­com­pan­ied chil­dren, to the tune of $116 mil­lion. It would also help de­tain and and re­move un­doc­u­mented adults with chil­dren; ex­pand al­tern­at­ives to de­ten­tion pro­grams, such as ankle brace­lets; and provide ad­di­tion­al im­mig­ra­tion and cus­toms-en­force­ment ef­forts and ex­pand ICE’s in­vest­ig­at­ory pro­grams.

$433 MIL­LION FOR CUS­TOMS AND BOR­DER PRO­TEC­TION: Crews could log 16,526 more flight hours for aer­i­al sur­veil­lance of the bor­der — an ex­pan­sion that has a $39.4 mil­lion price tag. A large por­tion of the $433 mil­lion would pay for costs as­so­ci­ated with ap­pre­hend­ing more chil­dren and fam­il­ies at the bor­der, such as over­time and tem­por­ary pay for Bor­der Patrol agents and the care of chil­dren placed in CBP pro­tec­tion.

$64 MIL­LION FOR DOJ: About 40 more im­mig­ra­tion judge teams would be hired. Ad­di­tion­ally, the num­ber of im­mig­ra­tion lit­ig­a­tion at­tor­neys and leg­al rep­res­ent­at­ives for chil­dren would in­crease.

$300 MIL­LION FOR STATE DE­PART­MENT AND IN­TER­NA­TION­AL PRO­GRAMS: The ad­min­is­tra­tion hopes to coun­ter­act smug­glers’ mis­in­form­a­tion that mi­grants will be al­lowed to stay in the United States. About $5 mil­lion would sup­port me­dia cam­paigns in Cent­ral Amer­ica em­phas­iz­ing the dangers of the jour­ney to cross the bor­der. The oth­er $295 mil­lion will go to­ward re­in­teg­rat­ing mi­grants in­to their home coun­try and ad­dress­ing the eco­nom­ic and so­cial dis­par­it­ies caus­ing fam­il­ies and chil­dren to cross the bor­der.

$1.8 BIL­LION FOR HEALTH AND HU­MAN SER­VICES: Cent­ral Amer­ic­an chil­dren are placed in HHS hands after they cross the bor­der, and these funds will go to­ward provid­ing ap­pro­pri­ate care for the kids.

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