Jeh Johnson returns to Valley amid border budget battle
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:33:05 GMT —
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson returned to the Rio Grande Valley on Friday to meet with state officials to discuss border security and to resolve the crisis that is taking place in our border community.
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During his, Johnson discussed the ongoing humanitarian crisis involving the influx of Central American immigrants along the border.
Johnson also discussed President Obama's request for $3.7 billion dollars in emergency funds, which the Secretary believes is solely needed.
His office released a statement saying that the dramatic increase of unaccompanied children and family units along our southern border will overwhelm the resources available in the current budget.
In other words, without additional funds, his office states that U.S immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will run out of money by August and the agency would be forced to use funds appropriated for other critical programs.
The statement also states that the federal government will not be able to address the influx of children.
Homeland Security officials say extra funding is needed to address this border crisis, but stressedit does not mean undocumented immigrants will be allowed to stay.
Our border is not open to illegal migration, Johnson said at a Friday morning press conference in New Mexico. And, our message, to those who are coming here illegally -- to those who are contemplating coming here illegally -- into south Texas is: we will send you back."
However, the chairman of the House committee that controls spending says President Obama's request for $3.7 billion-dollars is too much money and that the House will not approve it.
Some politicians like U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers of Kentucky said that while there are some are needs that should be met immediately.
Some of the money requested by the president for this crisis is already being addressed in Congress's regular spending bills.