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Obama: Child migrants ‘urgent humanitarian’ issue

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June 04, 2014 |

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Monday described a surge in unaccompanied immigrant children caught trying to cross the Mexican border as an “urgent humanitarian situation,” as the White House asked Congress for an extra $1.4 billion in federal money to cope. Obama said the U.S. will temporarily house the children at two military bases.

Obama appointed the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Craig Fugate, to be in charge of the situation.

In its new estimates, the government said as many as 60,000 children, mostly from Central America, could be caught this year trying to cross the Mexican border illegally, costing the U.S. more than $2.28 billion to house, feed and transport the children to shelters or reunite them with relatives already living in the United States. The new estimate is about $1.4 billion more than the government asked for in Obama’s budget request sent to Congress earlier this year.

In the last eight months alone, 47,000 children have been apprehended at the Southwest Border.

Obama described the growing humanitarian issue at the border in a presidential memorandum Monday that outlined a government-wide response led by Fugate.

Obama’s director of domestic policy, Cecilia Munoz, said the number of children traveling alone has been on the rise since 2009, but the increase was larger than last year. Munoz said the group also now includes more girls and larger numbers of children younger than 13.

“All of these things are contributing to the sense of urgency,” Munoz said. “These are children who have gone through a harrowing experience alone. We’re providing for their proper care.”

The growth has surpassed the system’s capacity to process and house the children. Last month, the federal government opened an emergency operations center at a border headquarters in South Texas to help coordinate the efforts and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a division of the Health and Human Services Department, turned to the Defense Department for the second time since 2012 to help house children in barracks at Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio.

Mark Greenberg, an assistant secretary at the Health and Human Services Department, said about 1,000 children were being housed at the Texas base and as many as 600 others could soon be housed at a U.S. Navy base in Southern California.

The number of children found trying to cross the Mexican border without parents has skyrocketed in recent years. Between 2008 and 2011, the number of children landing in the custody of Refugee Resettlement fluctuated between 6,000 and 7,500 per year. In 2012 border agents apprehended 13,625 unaccompanied children and that number surged even more – to over 24,000 – last year. The total is expected to exceed 60,000 this year.

More than 90 percent of those sheltered by the government are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, many driven north by pervasive violence and poverty in their home countries. They are held in agency-contracted shelters while a search is conducted for family, a sponsor or a foster parent who can care for them through their immigration court hearings, where many will apply for asylum or other special protective status. Border Patrol agents have said that smugglers are increasingly notifying authorities once they get children across the Rio Grande so that they can be picked up.

Rampant crime and poverty across Central America and a desire to reunite with parents or other relatives are thought to be driving many of the young immigrants. Munoz said Monday the administration is aware of false rumors that have circulated that migrant children who get to this country would be automatically allowed to stay here or benefit from some future immigration reform legislation.

Migrant kids remain in removal proceedings even after they’re reunited with their parents here, though many have been able to win permission from a judge to stay in the U.S.

The Office of Management and Budget said in a two-page letter to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, last month that the increase in children trying to cross the border alone could cost the government as much as $2.28 billion. The administration originally asked Congress for $868 million for the “Unaccompanied Alien Children” program run by Health and Human Services, the same amount Congress approved last year.

Brian Deese, deputy director of the budget office, said the Homeland Security Department would also need an extra $166 million to help pay overtime costs for Customs and Border Protection officers and agents, contract services for care of the children and transportation costs.

A House appropriations subcommittee voted last week to add $77 million to the original request. Deese sent the letter to Mikulski a day after the House subcommittee vote.

The Associated Press

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  • Salty DogJune 03, 2014 - 11:18 am

    More of my tax money going down the drain to help people that break the law. Only in America do we help illegals that freak the law.

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  • patrickJune 03, 2014 - 11:29 am

    just give California to mexico and be done with it.

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  • HuckleberryJune 03, 2014 - 1:04 pm

    Obama refuses to secure the border and Brown has done away with any immigration laws in CA so they are coming here in record number because they can. Yet, Calilfornians love Brown except his immigration policy oh and there is the bullet train billions and shipping water from the north to the south. Teachers love him but actually they should love we citizens that keep voting in new bonds and taxes for a state that is taxed highest only second to New York. Did I mention that 98% of the people coming into CA are immigrants.

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  • rlw895June 03, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    EVERBODY coming into California to live are immigrants. Do you mean from foreign countries?

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  • rlw895June 03, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    Does anybody have a better idea that doesn't result in dead children?

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  • Salty DogJune 03, 2014 - 4:31 pm

    rlw I have a better idea. Lets not give any one in the country illegally any thing like free schooling, free money in the form of welfare, social Security, disability, free medical, free legal advice on how to stay in the country. Remember if you come in the country illegally you are breaking the law.

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  • JagJune 03, 2014 - 10:41 pm

    we tried that in 1994 it was called prop 187 and it passed only to be stop by the courts

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  • JagJune 03, 2014 - 10:55 pm

    Why are we apprehending these people we should be catching them and releasing within 8 hours back on their side and isn’t it funny the numbers started to raise in 2008,

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  • rlw895June 03, 2014 - 11:06 pm

    Isn't apprehending and catching the same thing? And what is the "side" they go to after 8 hours? Who takes them? On our "side" they don't necessarily get to stay, but they get cared for until their situation is resolved. I'm still curious about how they get across Mexico.

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  • rlw895June 03, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    Something major is going on to see a jump in numbers like that. The problems in Central America are no worse that they were a few years ago, I don't believe. Either the apprehension rate has gone up or someone in Mexico has gotten a business in transporting children across that country going.

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  • Salty DogJune 03, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    rlw Are you trying to pull our leg or is it that you just don't get it. Obama wants as many illegals in the country as he can get so he can make them citizens and get them voting democratic.

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  • rlw895June 03, 2014 - 10:47 pm

    No...I don't think that's it.

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  • HuckleberryJune 04, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    Wouldn't it be nice if RLW cared as much about the children in the US. The ones in fostercare that are passed from place to place. The hungry ones that parents cannot find jobs. We do not take care of the US citizens.

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  • rlw895June 04, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    I care just as much, but this story isn't about that.

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