WH Nearly Doubles Amount Requested for Immigration Emergency Funds

Asks for $3.7 billion to handle immigration crisis

The White House has almost doubled the amount of emergency funds it’s requesting from Congress to accommodate the tens of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant minors that have crossed the border illegally. The administration had signaled recently that it would need a little over $2 billion, now that number has reached $3.7 billion.

The administration says that it needs the emergency funds to cover increased costs of additional aerial surveillance, border patrol agents, child care for unaccompanied minors, the hiring of judges and legal teams to handle the surge of cases, and nearly $300 million to “repatriate and reintegrate” immigrants to Central America and address the security and economic causes of the spike in child migrants.

Here is the breakdown of funds via NBC News:

  • $1.1 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement
  • $433 million to Customs and Border Protection
  • $64 million for the Department of Justice
  • $300 million to the State Department
  • $1.8 billion to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The number of unaccompanied minors this year has now topped 52 thousand with another 30 to 40 thousand expected by the end of the year. Despite the escalation of the crisis and complaints from both sides about conditions in detention centers, President Obama has thus far refused to visit the border during his fundraising trip to Texas, opting instead to meet Wednesday with Gov. Rick Perry.

This article has been updated to provide more accurate figures.