Competing plans may delay solutions to US border problem

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 24, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – It may take the United States government a little longer to compromise on a law that would deal with the influx of illegal border crossings in America. President Barack Obama has requested congress to approve a $3.7 billion funding but many conservatives in the House of Representatives oppose this, saying it’s too expensive.

The plan would include $2.7 billion to house and process undocumented children, as well as to send more resources to the border.

House Republicans are considering a less expensive proposal — $1.5 billion — which would require the deployment of national guard troops, increase of funding for border patrol and mandate the administration to process the deportations more quickly. The GOP also wants to change a 2008 law to expedite the removal proceedings of these unaccompanied minors.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner said, “The administration started earlier this month by signalling some openness to changes in the 2008 law to accelerate the process of returning these children to their home countries. The President called for this change, the Secretary of Homeland Security called for this change, and other administration officials have called for this change. Now the President and his team have apparently flip-flopped. Now they want billions of new spending, with no commitment to actually solving the problem.”

Meantime, Senate Democrats are proposing a $2.7 billion plan to address the border crisis. The funding would provide $1.2 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services to care for the children and $1.1 billion to the Department of Homeland Security. The bill would also grant $300 to the State Department to go after traffickers and smugglers and would give more than $124 million to the Justice Department to provide ten more immigration judges and help solve the current backlog in courts.

Now, it remains unclear just how fast President Obama and both parties can come to an agreeement on a final deal before Congress begins its five-week recess on August 1.

What’s clear for many lawmakers is that time is crucial in handling the border crisis.

Rep. Xavier Becerra, a Democrat from California said, “Had we not waited 390 days in the House of Representatives to match the Senate in passing a common sense solution to the broken immigration system, this crisis, this humanitarian crisis on the border, might have been averted altogether, or certainly would have been addressed in a much faster and comprehensive way. But right now, you can see what happens when you’ve got a broken immigration system, and you’ve got this shut-down, do-nothing mentality politics that pervades the House of Representatives.”

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  • noz
    24 July 2014 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    what a ferris wheel rider this democrap rep becerra with all of his bullcraps, mixing up the current border crisis to amnesty. he is too sure the comprehensive immigration reform, aka amnesty would have solve the current illegal alien border crossers crisis. this democrap rep with a peabrain cannot decrypt the 80′ amnesty inflated to 30 million illegal aliens. it set a precedent for unlawful illegal aliens to enter the USA knowingly someday, the socialist politicians voted in power with track record of handing amnesty in a platter will do the same over and over again. this is the classic demonicrap party blame game of the dominant GOP congress. the surge of illegal alien border crossers will all be fixed by handing obozo 3.7 billion, indeed is a scum. democraps voted in power have track records of passing flawed laws resulting to substandard living of their constituents, created decaying neighborhoods or already decayed hoods like detroit, and other ghettos in inner cities. simply look whose running their cities, none other than the demonicraps. of course, the demonicraps are flip flopping on options with sense to quickly deport these illegal alien border crossers. the demonicraps are hypocrite, the truth is they don’t want to get rid of these illegal alien border crossers, they are their future voters, which makes the demonicraps shady, foul smelling fishy political party.

  • Filam
    24 July 2014 at 9:31 pm - Reply
  • Filam
    28 July 2014 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Feed and Help Americans that
    Are homeless and unemployed

  • Filam
    28 July 2014 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    There is nothing broken
    There are laws for legal immigration in