Friday, December 13, 2019

New Border Plan to be Introduced by Senate Democrats

Senate Democrats are set to propose a new $2.7 billion funding bill in order to deal with the current crisis at the border.

The legislation falls short of the $3.7 billion President Obama had asked for, “based on a review of what is needed in calendar year 2014 to meet needs at the border”, explained Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), who will introduce the bill.

The new bill will not include any changes to the 2008 anti-trafficking law, which could have made it easier to deport migrant children.

The $2.7 billion will be used to provide legal services for migrant children, hire more immigration judges, and give funding to the Departments of State, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services. Specifically, $1.2 billion would be allocated to Health and Human Services in order to care for the children, while $1.1 billion would go to Homeland Security to detain, transport, and deport undocumented immigrants at the border.

The bill is expected to be met with resistance from Republicans, as many have stated that there needs to be a change in the 2008 trafficking law in order for any bill to be passed. House Republicans are also likely to propose their own legislation to deal with the border crisis in the near future.

 

Wall Street Journal