Obama to ask for $2B to toughen up border control

posted at 9:31 am on June 29, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

I’m guessing that this wasn’t exactly what the President’s Democrat allies had in mind when they were thinking about “comprehensive immigration reform.” Both the NY Times and the Washington Post are reporting that President Obama will, this week, request a two billion dollar slug of emergency cash to stem the tide of children and other illegal aliens crossing into the country. The list of potential uses has a few items.

The Obama administration, in a dramatic escalation of its border control strategy, will seek $2 billion in emergency funds to help stem an influx of Central American women and children entering the country illegally and new measures to more quickly deport those already here, the White House confirmed Saturday.

President Obama intends to notify Congress of his request on Monday, and the administration also will ask lawmakers to modify existing statutes to make it easier to return unaccompanied children to their home countries, an administration official said.

There aren’t a lot of specifics being offered yet, but they include sending more immigration judges to Texas and building new detention facilities for those who have been caught already and are awaiting a court hearing. There was no mention of additional enforcement personnel, border strengthening or electronic surveillance improvements.

The announcement, surprising as it was, seemed to catch the GOP off guard, at least for the moment.

A spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said his office had no comment until it receives the proposal and has time to review it.

It’s a bit early to say, because this could either be a serious proposal or window dressing in response to yet another political crisis. But if the money will honestly go to catching more illegals as they cross, processing them faster and speeding them on their way back home, then this may wind up being one of those rare moments when we can applaud the President for his actions. Call me foolish for offering the benefit of the doubt here, but Barack Obama has been on the receiving end of plenty of criticism from his own supporters for quite some time over his allegedly “aggressive” deportation policies. It could be one policy area where his heart may be in the right place, at least in terms of enforcing existing law. (His willingness to discard those laws and embrace amnesty is another question entirely.)

Assuming the full request is as advertised, I hope that the House GOP will seriously consider granting it and find at least one area where they can agree with the White House. Maybe their collective approval rating could crawl back into double digits if they did.


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Racist……

Solaratov on June 29, 2014 at 3:56 PM

this is crap. Without authorizing agents to arrest and deport, or keeping them disarmed, all this money is just a payoff for whatever constituent group obama feels like paying off. plus, wasnt the fence already funded?

joeindc44 on June 29, 2014 at 4:00 PM

It’s a smokescreen to process the asylum requests more quickly and give them green cards.

Wethal on June 29, 2014 at 9:46 AM

EXACTLY RIGHT, Wethal.

Lourdes on June 29, 2014 at 4:17 PM

The President is required by Oath to protect and defend the USA.

He is NOT endowed with any ‘power’ or authority to solicit, encourage and/or assist any foreign invasion of this nation but to, instead, DEFEND the nation against all threats, “FOREIGN and domestic.”

What Obama is doing in the Presidency is exactly contrary to his Oath of OFfice, and represents serious threat not only TO the US but appears to be intentionally damaging to the nation, as also violation of his very Oath of Office.

Lourdes on June 29, 2014 at 4:20 PM

For starters, Obama “ordered” his DOJ to ‘stand down’ and to NOT enforce our laws against illegal aliens, illegal immigration activities.

That alone, for starters, done by Obama a while ago, illustrates his intent about this very damaging activity of illegal immigration left without penalty in nearly all cases.

AND CONGRESS can and should — and needs to — immediately change any legislation existing that has made it “impossible” (so it’s said) to deport illegal aliens, including minors, who are in the US illegally from “nations other than Mexico”.

This pivotal excuse is allowing Obama to flood the US with foreign nationals, with and without benefit of legitimacy, and to command LEO to withhold penalty if not provide benefit to illegal aliens in the US — AND not to stop foreign nationals from entering in the first place without benefit of legitimate method.

Lourdes on June 29, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Assuming the full request is as advertised

This is the DUMBEST thing I have read today!

pilsener on June 29, 2014 at 5:03 PM

BO will spit in the face of Congress. Once he gets control of $2B, he will use it to encourage more invaders.

That kind of $ will let BO hire lawyers to defend against the removal of illegal aliens.

ha_tspc on June 29, 2014 at 5:04 PM

This is sort of like Germans creating a holocaust museum, no?

Jaibones on June 29, 2014 at 5:17 PM

I understand that due to the crowded holding facilities, the administration has been releasing people who immigrated illegally with orders to return to Immigration & Customs Enforcement in 15 days.

If we asked the administration what percentage of people receiving such orders actually have reported back to ICE within 15 days, I wonder what kind of response we would get.

(My guess: They’d tell us that they’re not even keeping a count of how many of the illegal immigrants are reporting back.)

J.S.K. on June 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM

You and I know the $2B will go to the unions and have no effect on improving border security. Barry is an AH; that should be clear to everyone by now.

steveracer on June 29, 2014 at 5:23 PM

Obama to ask for $2B to toughen up border control

You have to ask, toughen up the borders for who? The illegals, the Mexican drug gangs, Obama and Holder illegally running guns into Mexico or more likely, toughen up the borders making it impossible for the Border Patrol to do their jobs.

Even more likely is Obama hiring tens of thousands of lawyers to represent the illegals and get them signed up for every dollar that can be thrown their way aka the Cloward-Piven Strategy to destroy the US.

RJL on June 29, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Never let an intentionally manufactured crisis go to waste. Use it to funnel billions to La Raza, Whatever ACORN calls itself now, and your lawyer buddies. Way to go, Zero.

stvnscott on June 29, 2014 at 5:50 PM

I understand that due to the crowded holding facilities, the administration has been releasing people who immigrated illegally with orders to return to Immigration & Customs Enforcement in 15 days.

If we asked the administration what percentage of people receiving such orders actually have reported back to ICE within 15 days, I wonder what kind of response we would get.

(My guess: They’d tell us that they’re not even keeping a count of how many of the illegal immigrants are reporting back.)

J.S.K. on June 29, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Wrong.

The tickets are the same they have been issuing all along, requiring an appearance 90 days after it is given.

Over the last several years, only 10% show up for the hearings – not that it matters, Obama won’t deport them anyway.

BUT, some say, they report deporting record numbers! This is because he was counting those turned back at the border and not allowed entry as “deported,” which was never the way before Obama. He’s not actually deporting anyone, including criminals.

Adjoran on June 29, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Please, HotAir, don’t give Obama any credit for even appearing to do the right thing. He ain’t gonna use that $2 billion for bus tickets to Guatemala…

Colony14 on June 29, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Don’t give Obama a dime. He’ll do what he damn well pleases with the 2B, because “he has a pen and a phone.”

Starve the beast.

marybel on June 29, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Why would any trust a pathological liar who has a great fetish for flushing billions down the drain and never following the law? If the Republicans are moronic enough to give the money (which they probably will) they should permanently rename them self the Charlie Brown party.

chadlands on June 29, 2014 at 8:49 PM

For $2 billion, we could hire Israeli contractors and build 800 Miles of real fench.

goatweed on June 29, 2014 at 9:22 PM

Two billion should pay for enough immigration attorneys to form a human chain covering at least two blocks in El Paso.

StubbornGreenBurros on June 29, 2014 at 9:26 PM

He wants the bucks to tear down the walls and put a chicken in every illegal immigrant pot.

Sherman1864 on June 29, 2014 at 11:32 PM

No more money to this jackass. He never uses money for its stated intended purpose. NEVER. That is his m.o. from the very beginning, given money for community he uses it to write a book. About himself. He has enough money enough resources enough departments to do all that is needed, so do it. And shut up. They always always always demand more money, more power unto themselves. Just do it! Whinging little bitch.

bour3 on June 30, 2014 at 2:10 AM

Normally I’d say he’s exactly right. This is where the spending needs to be done.

But this guy’s a proven liar and this is exactly the type of issue he’d lie about. It’s probably for permanent housing and rest areas. Or maybe a high speed moving sidewalk. Who the hell knows what he’s plotting?

Psycroptic on June 30, 2014 at 4:01 AM

Eliminate all Federal bonus plans and use that money for the border.

Amazingoly on June 30, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Wrong.

The tickets are the same they have been issuing all along, requiring an appearance 90 days after it is given.

Adjoran on June 29, 2014 at 6:32 PM

It’s being reported that ICE has been giving 15-day notices. See http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-ff-immigration-families-20140606-story.html#page=1 for example:

“From there, many were dropped off at bus stations with orders to appear before immigration authorities at their chosen destination within 15 days.”

J.S.K. on June 30, 2014 at 9:47 AM

heh.

at least you guys are admitting that your mindless opposition to Obama has nothing to do with what he actually does, and just with your personal hatred of him.

progress.

everdiso on June 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

This 2B will probably fund raids on ranchers homes, or serving eviction notices to any American citizen within 20 miles of the border.

What it will not do is anything to effectively slow the crisis of illegals crossing the border. Obama wouldn’t want to waste that opportunity.

jpmn on June 30, 2014 at 10:23 AM

everdiso on June 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

You need to work on your reading comprehension. It seems to be rather…non-existant.

But then, you’re a barry-worshipper.

Solaratov on June 30, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Wait? Don’t we already have a Border Patrol? Hasn’t he been telling us that our borders are more secure than ever before? Maybe the President needs to stop with the “immigration reform” crap, which is driving this huge surge in illegal immigration in the first place.

Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants will get a chance to stay in the United States and work under a new policy announced Friday by the Obama administration.

President Obama’s action removes the threat of deportation for as many as 800,000 immigrants nationally — including hundreds in Minnesota — who are under 30 and came to the United States as children. It does not offer them citizenship or permanent residency.

Because make pronouncements like this would never encourage a massive influx of illegal immigration. /

Hill60 on June 30, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Sure lets give him 2 billion dollars fun money!

MCGIRV on June 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

at least you guys are admitting that your mindless opposition to Obama has nothing to do with what he actually does, and just with your personal hatred of him.

progress.

everdiso on June 30, 2014 at 10:04 AM

…so says the mindless sycophant.

zoyclem on June 30, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Everybody tune in your Televisions. The King is about to announce a new decree concerning immigration.

Hammie on June 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

He just told a bold-faced lie.

Hammie on June 30, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Give him a 2 dollar bill and call it good.

claudius on June 30, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Give him a 2 dollar bill and call it good.
claudius on June 30, 2014 at 3:23 PM

For Bathhouse Barry, it should be a three dollar bill.

LegendHasIt on June 30, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Hmmm… based on his address today he wants the money to send lawyers to the border. His amnesty plan is coming together quite well where he enticed aliens to flood the border and now is blaming the house republicans for not supporting his immigration effort and insisting he needs to fix it himself.

The house needs to reduce spending for all government agencies instead of approving any money for actions of this administration. Money is all the house can control at this point.

tej on June 30, 2014 at 3:47 PM

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