Source: Alan Gomez / USA Today
As thousands of children continue streaming across the nation’s southwest border, the White House asked Congress on Tuesday for $3.7 billion to improve security along the border, provide better housing for the children while they’re in custody and to speed up their deportation proceedings.
The White House also wants to increase assistance to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where most of the children are coming from, to help them stop the rush of people leaving there and to improve their ability to receive the expected influx of deported children.
The request, which has been developed in recent weeks as multiple federal agencies have responded to the surge of children caught crossing the border without their parents, will get its first hearing Thursday before the Senate Appropriations Committee.
Michael Steel, spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the Appropriations Committee and other members, including the working group on the border crisis, will review the White House proposal. “The speaker still supports deploying the National Guard to provide humanitarian support in the affected areas — which this proposal does not address,” Steel said.
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