President Requests $3.7 Billion to Address Border Crisis

On July 8, President Obama requested $3.7 billion in emergency funding from Congress to address a surge of Central American children who have crossed the U.S. southern border.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children and an additional 39,000 women with children have crossed the border this year, far higher than normal levels. Most are from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

The requested funding includes $1.8 billion for the Department of Health and Human Services to provide food and shelter for the immigrants and an additional $1.6 billion for enforcement by the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.

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