Trump Asks Congress for $4.5 Billion in Emergency Border Funds

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But the White House now wants an extra $3.3 billion to increase shelter capacity for unaccompanied migrant children and for the feeding and care of families, plus transportation and processing centers.

The Washington Examiner reports that the Department of Homeland Security is "racing" to implement a new policy created to "give federal law enforcement on the border the authority to conduct interviews with asylum seekers who fear returning to their home countries". The parent is to swab the child, officials said.

President Donald Trump, who has advocated for a stronger border wall to stop the influx of illegal immigrants, has said he is considering a plan to transport aliens who are apprehended exclusively to sanctuary cities.

The fees that the president now wants to impose, however, are explicitly limited to "the costs of adjudicating the application", which will surely cost much less than the thousands of dollars that asylum-seekers routinely pay human smugglers to take them across the border. His death is under investigation.

A Customs and Border Protection policy implemented in 2018 permits two kinds of searches: basic and advanced.

"This policy unconstitutionally strips people of their right to a hearing", said ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project senior staff attorney Michael Tan.

Homeland Security, under acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan, would essentially deputize law enforcement to carry out citizenship officers' jobs in order to initially reduce the number of people who have passed that stage and are waiting on asylum decisions.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which oversees the Border Patrol, referred questions about its agents conducting interviews to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which did not respond to a request for comment.

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"Congress should instead use funding to support community-based alternatives to detention, which have been proven to be effective in ensuring compliance with immigration proceedings, while providing better access to necessary medical and legal services for children and families".

Another $1.1 billion would go toward border operations, including paying for personnel, operations against human smuggling and trafficking operations, and additional detention beds under Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a source of contention in the negotiations over the spending agreement Trump signed in February. And the final $178 million would be used for mission support, including technology upgrades.

It's unclear, however, if Congress will approve the extra funding.

Despite the president's emergency declaration, so far during his two years in office not a single new mile of border wall has been added to the roughly 700 miles of barrier built under his predecessors.

When the suit was filed against the government in 2017, DHS officials said USA citizens and everyone else are subject to examination and search by customs officials, unless exempted by diplomatic status. This number represents about 1% of families that crossed the border in that time period.

Border stations were not constructed to handle such a large volume of children and families, and they have been pushed to the breaking point.

The Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday it was increasing the use of biometric data such as DNA testing to crack down on adult migrants posing as "fake families" with unaccompanied children crossing the United States' southern border.



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