President Barack Obama today said the spike children illegally crossing the Mexican border is an "urgent humanitarian situation," and asked the Senate Appropriations Committee for an extra $1.4 billion to deal with it. Obama issued a presidential memorandum that describes his Administration’s response, which will be led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The memorandum establishes a multi-agency group to oversee the effort that includes the Homeland Security Department, and the Departments of Defense, State and Health and Human Services (HHS). The Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency will “lead and coordinate Federal response efforts to ensure that Federal agency authorities and the resources granted to the departments and agencies under Federal law (including personnel, equipment, supplies, facilities, and managerial, technical, and advisory services) are unified in providing humanitarian relief to the affected children, including housing, care, medical treatment, and transportation.”

The number of children crossing the Mexican border illegally without (although sometimes with) parents has increased dramatically over the last several years. Numbers ranged from 6,000 and 7,500 per year between fiscal years 2008 and 2011, but skyrocketed to 13,625 in fiscal year 2012. Last fiscal year the number almost doubled again to 24,668. This year the total is expected to exceed 60,000 and, next year, as many as 130,000..

The HHS Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) is responsible for the care of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) in the United States. They are held while the Office searches for family or a sponsor, then helped to apply for asylum or another status in immigration court.

Although the ORR knew of the influx when a budget was submitted to Congress earlier this year, officials requested the same amount approved last year - $868 million. A House appropriations subcommittee added $77 million to the original request in legislation passed last week. A day later, the White House Office of Management and Budget sent a letter to Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., the chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, asking for more funds. The letter asked for up to $2.28 billion for ORR and an extra $166 million for the Customs and Border Protection within DHS.

ORR reports that over 90 percent of the UACs under its care come from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The media are reporting they are entering the United States to escape violence in their home countries but that violence existed before this year when the levels are expected to increase ten-fold over just a few years ago. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., in a statement blamed the Obama Administration's policies for the influx.

Rep. Goodlatte's statement said, “The recent surge of children and teenagers from Central America showing up at our Southern border is an Administration-made disaster and now President Obama is calling in FEMA to mitigate the damage. Word has gotten out around the world about President Obama’s lax immigration enforcement policies and it has encouraged more individuals to come to the United States illegally, many of whom are children from Central America. Illegal border crossing is extremely dangerous and many of these children encounter drug and human traffickers along the way. Enforcement at the border and in the interior of the U.S. is crucial to end these kinds of situations, not another bureaucratic task force. The House Judiciary Committee intends to hold a hearing on this troubling issue in the coming weeks.”

Numerous media reports have documented the Administration efforts to link up UACs with illegal-alien family members in the U.S. and to allow mothers and children crossing illegally together to remain. In one account, an illegal-alien mother named Carmen said word is spreading throughout Guatemala that women with children are being let in to the United States. She heard that women with kids who are caught by the Border Patrol spend a couple nights in jail, and then get to go to their destination in the U.S. Carmen planned to turn herself in to the Border Patrol rather than have smugglers to take her and her children.

Commenting on the Administration move, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., told Breitbart that Obama has “nobody to blame but himself" for the crisis. “This is a direct result of the President’s statements that he was not going to enforce the law with regard to people who entered the country as youngsters," Sen. Sessions said. "It’s an open invitation for others to come. What he has done in the last months, aided by members of Congress, is to create the impression that no one is going to be deported, and especially young people who come into the country are not going to be deported. So they are focusing way too much on attempting to cope with the flood of young people coming into the country and not nearly enough on reducing the flow.”

Zack Taylor, Chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, told Breitbart that the Obama Administration's rhetoric has "encouraged" illegal aliens to cross the border. "Being an illegal alien is not a right to citizenship," Taylor said. "When Vice President Biden says these kinds of things, that is just an invitation for foreign nationals to come up here. It's time for the U.S to get serious about immigration…The U.S. is partly responsible for foreign nationals taking extreme measures that risk the lives of their children. Our government is encouraging foreign nationals to come into our country illegally and stay."

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Robert 4907 of DE's picture

Talk about a DISGRACE! They keep saying there are a 11 million illegal aliens in our country now. I got a twenty five dollars that says there are more than 20 million illegal aliens in our country. Do I have any takers? We are soon looking at a third world country if we don't get some comprehensive ENFORCEMENT reform.

Terri 9170 of IL's picture

Robert, I read about "The Beast" train that brings illegals across Mexico and into the U. S. They're mostly in FL. It state the train brings in 1/2 million illegals every year. Just calculate that over the last 12 years when Bush stopped enforcing the immigration laws. Then other articles on other border areas state that thousands cross every week. There's probably 100 million of them here. That's why Obama's fighting so hard for amnesty. That's his unbeatable Democratic majority.

Vince 0041 of PA's picture

A wall will not help as long as we keep rewarding those who come. A wall is wasted money. Mandate E-Verify, start jailing illegal employers, then and ONLY then will the problem be solved.

Sonny 5967 of AZ's picture

While not a panacea, a properly implemented fence has proven effective in decreasing both the success, and eventually, attempts at illegally crossing our border and the associated crime that goes along with it.

In the 1990's, after they completed a 14 mile stretch of double layer fence between San Diego and Tijuana, crime rates were reduced by 90%. The same thing happened in Yuma. Of course this just bottlenecks the problem to vast stretches of land where there is no fence.

Even though legislation was passed and a proper barrier on our southern border was funded, why do you think they never completed it? Why do you think Schumer and McCain want to pour millions of dollars into electronic technology and 'smart' fences that will detect crossers after they have made it onto U.S. soil but are repulsed by the idea of a properly implemented continuous barrier similar to what Israel employs. Why do you think environmental groups who receive millions of dollars in funding by open borders zealots fight the construction of effective barriers through lobbying and the court system in the guise of protecting some obscure wildlife. A perfect example is the New Mexico corridor Obama just declared a national monument. Once they patch up Texas and tout what a grand job they have done at fixing this humanitarian crisis, this will become the new cartel super highway.

The San Diego fence cost taxpayers $25 million or approx. $1.7 M per mile. The fence Israel built on their West Bank was similar in cost. The entire southern US border could be fenced for $3.3 Billion which takes me back to my original comment. We will find 2.4B per year to care for illegally present minors, $2B per year to pay for labor/delivery of anchor babies, $4.2B per year in improper tax refunds to illegals, not to mention education, medical, law enforcement, courts, imprisonment, on and on.

A proper fence is not a cure-all but it is definitely not a waste of money. Of course, it must be combined with enforcement of labor laws and access to government welfare programs.

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John 4110 of MI's picture

The illegals look for any shred of kindness/weakness and then massively abuse it. There needs to be a way to force the country of origin to rapidly take back these young people. Sanctions and international actions need to be taken against these nations.

The flow is expected to soon be 130k a year. There really is no limit to the magnitude of the possible abuse. Mexico and Central America today, South America, Africa, Middle East, the far East and Eastern Europe tomorrow.

Caroline 7445 of CO's picture

From the above: ORR reports that over 90 percent of the unaccompanied aliens children under its care come from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. You're right, John. It seems Mexico has already sent all its children here.

Philip 5927 of AZ's picture

Our AZ governor Jan Brewer was angry at Obama for federal unnecessarily dropping off so many illegal aliens at bus stations in Phoenix and Tucson, AZ. She demanded him to end his dangerous and unconscionable policy immediately. Sadly, great Sheriff Joe Apario no longer can arrest these illegal aliens because lawless Obama administration have stripped him of his enforcement powers. AZ Rep. Paul Gosar has asked Darrell Issa to investigate Obama's illegal policy. I know Obama wanted to punish Gov. Jan Brewer for signing SB 1070 bill into the AZ immigration law. Why on earth is he doing it? He is nothing but a biggest troublemaker!

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Ariel 6023 of CA's picture

With 92 million struggling Americans because of unemployment

Homeless Veterans

Where are our priorities and how can we afford this?

American students cannot afford to pay student loans.

Florence 4520 of CA's picture

Mr. Obama:

Why would you allow these children to enter our country? As if we didn't have enough of them already here.

Please consider like us the American Indian among others. Our/my country is no longer ours. Why are you doing this? Not fair to us.

They say they want immigration reform, but they really want Blanket Amnesty. Soon the Americans will have to find a place for us. The worst part of this is, they WILL NOT ASSIMILATE. JUST NOT FAIR.

Michael 4117 of SD's picture

1.4B should build the Fence!
SECURE FENCE ACT OF 2006 [[Page 120 STAT. 2638]] Public Law 109-367 109th Congress An Act To establish operational control over the international land and maritime borders of the United States. <> Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress <> assembled, SECTION 1. <> SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Secure Fence Act of 2006''. SEC. 2. <> ACHIEVING OPERATIONAL CONTROL ON THE BORDER.
(a) <> In General.--Not later than 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall take all actions the Secretary determines necessary and appropriate to achieve and maintain operational control over the entire international land and maritime borders of the United States, to include the following--
(1) systematic surveillance of the international land and maritime borders of the United States through more effective use of personnel and technology, such as unmanned aerial vehicles, ground-based sensors, satellites, radar coverage, and cameras;
(2) physical infrastructure enhancements to prevent unlawful entry by aliens into the United States and facilitate access to the international land and maritime borders by United States Customs and Border Protection, such as additional checkpoints, all weather access roads, and vehicle barriers."

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Hector 5450 of CA's picture

Flood of Illegal Immigrant Children into Texas Costing U.S. Taxpayers Billions

June 2nd 2014 @ 5pm

The surge of illegal immigrant minors rushing over the Rio Grande threatens to overwhelm the Texas Border Patrol, and new figures show the unexpected development will cost U.S. taxpayers more than $2 billion this year, 1200 WOAI news reports.

More than 1,000 unaccompanied immigrant children are arriving in the U.S. each week, according to figures released by the Department of Homeland Security, and some 60,000 are expected to arrive in the U.S. this year. That is up ten times just since 2011.

'...federal talk about 'amnesty' and 'a path to citizenship' four young illegal immigrants has led to 'thousands of children' being smuggled into the U.S.'

U.S. Rep Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo), who represents a large portion of the border where the waves of unaccompanied children are arriving, says the situation is out of control.

"The Border Patrol is telling me, we need diapers, we need baby seats, so we can transfer them," he said.

Some of the unaccompanied children are as young as three years old. More than 1,000 have been sent to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and others are being sent to other locations far from the border because the flood has left Border Patrol housing facilities packed.

Cuellar says the flood on unaccompanied minors is costing taxpayers $252 per day per child.

"We are playing defense on the one yard line," Cuellar told 1200 WOAI's Michael board.

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Caroline 7445 of CO's picture

U.S. Rep Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) - one of Obama's Democrats with a Hispanic surname(!) - states the situation is "out of control." The Border Patrol needs diapers and baby seats - your taxpayer dollars at work.

Rob 8654 of FL's picture

we, as a nation, have been "accommodating" illegal immigration for decades to the point that it has now become part of federal policy
...when does it end?

Dave 362 of WI's picture

I suspect that this situation has developed in large part because Obama has sent a message to the world that he has no interest in enforcing our immigration laws.  He is deliberately creating incentives for people to come here illegally in order to make the Democratic Party the only major political party in this country.  Does he care that what he is doing is only creating a greater tax burden on the American people and diminishing the quality of life for all who live here by destroying open spaces and straining our infrastructure to the point of jeopardizing public safety?  "America the Beautiful"?  Perhaps in the future this song's title should be followed by an asterisk.  

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GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

Again, "We have a Federal government led by people that want to replace our Citizens with a population devoid of any loyalty at all to our nation much as most of our current Federal leadership; the most efficient way to achieve population replacement would be through Open or No Borders. We also have the International Corporations and others that benefit financially from the cheap labor that want the free flow of labor again accomplished by Open or No Borders. These cheap labor gangs are more than willing to finance their efforts via political contributions to our politicians at all levels to assist the Federal leadership in their population replacement. It seems that United States Citizens are the only obstacle to population replacement thus we are the enemy of the Feds and the Cheap labor gangs."

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Kathleen 4588 of CA's picture

Dave, I absolutely agree. Obama has no interest in enforcing our immigration laws. I've been advocating Voter ID laws in CA and have gotten quite a lot of flack about it. My response has been, if we didn't have 11 million people here illegally, then I wouldn't be asking for this safeguard to a citizen's right. That kind of shut them up for right then. We do now have a lot of laws in place (or being requested) because we DO have so many people here illegally. They can't have it both ways.

Dave 362 of WI's picture

I wish Obama and his ilk, be they Democrats or Republicans, would stop wearing American flag lapel pins because they openly disrespect everything the flag represents.

Aaron 8129 of ID's picture

It makes me sick seeing them on the news wearing them when they're helping the illegals more than the people they're supposed to the represent! The legal citizens of this nation!

Albert 3441 of PA's picture

This tactic carries baby-waving to its logical conclusion. Clearly, the open-borders groups are using these children to bait the hook that will eventually bring all their family members here. It's a clever way to exploit public sympathy to speed-up the illegal immigration invasion in the absence of CIR.

When Jean Raspail published Camp of the Saints back in 1971, he predicted today's immigration invasion with uncanny accuracy.

Vince 0041 of PA's picture

NPR had this on this morning.

Go put a few comments there!

More of our tax dollars for illegals, no mention of finding the parents and filing child abuse charges and/or deporting. No, we just roll out the Red Carpet and make their lives easier.

Obama is set on destroying this country, we need to DEMAND impeachment!

Albert 3441 of PA's picture

National Propaganda Radio (NPR) is a house organ for the Treason Lobby. NPR does not welcome opposing points of view and is evidently impervious to criticism. They are somewhat vulnerable on the economic side, so if you are a member you might consider dropping out.

I was a listener and supporter of NPR for over 20 years, but I am no longer.

Mike 1111 of CO's picture

Use The $1.4B to Send Them Home.

Even at $1,000 per head, and it should cost much less, this is enough money to send 1.4 million Illegals home.

Do it, today.

Tracy 9450 of IL's picture

This just really proves the point about giving amnesty how we just get more illegals , obama giving illegal alien children a free pass now look there coming over in droves !!!

Caroline 7445 of CO's picture

So FEMA is going to oversee DHS, DoD, HHS, and State to deal with this "urgent humanitarian situation" of Obama's own making. I don't know why I continue to be amazed at this administration's accommodation of citizens of other countries while neglecting his own. Mobilization of this magnitude should be reserved for American interests.

Caroline 7445 of CO's picture

The U.S. taxpayer has been forced to provide the illegal aliens with food, housing, education, and health care, even our jobs. Now - nanny services. What next?

It'll be interesting to watch the national news tonight to see if this latest assault against Americans is covered.

None 2150 of WY's picture

"Obama Seeks to Accommodate Children Illegally Crossing Border"

Yes, accommodate them right back to their countries of origin.

And still no impeachment?

Gene 5798 of TX's picture

Employers have done a great job of selling government on wage depression of being a key element of inflation control. Now we are working on the wage depression of three generations following us. Destruction of what 3 to 4 generations built will be one result.

John 4110 of MI's picture

This group of illegals is quite willing to separate families. However, expect them at a point in the future demand to put the family back together.

GlenR 1973 of WV's picture

"We have a Federal government led by people that want to replace our Citizens with a population devoid of any loyalty at all to our nation much as most of our current Federal leadership; the most efficient way to achieve population replacement would be through Open or No Borders."

Mike 1111 of CO's picture

Use The $1.4B To Care For American Children.

This would be a much better use of money.

Send the Illegals back home, now.

Pav 2235 of OH's picture

Isn't the U.S. suppose to be the refuge of last resort for those seeking asylum? Did they apply for asylum as they were going through Mexico or other countries? How can their country be too dangerous to live in when Americans go there everyday for vacations? Claims of escaping Hispanic gangs aren't legit since their gangs are here addition to home grown gangs. They are economic refugees which no country accepts

Karon 0150 of NC's picture

Have I got this right? If American Citizens were caught abandoning and neglecting their children, they would be charged with child neglect, and may have to go through the courts to get them back. If an Illegal Immigrant neglects their child, our government gives them their kids back, and then provides them with all necessary free public services they can qualify for.

Aaron 8129 of ID's picture

I think you have it right. If we citizens abandon ours kids they throw the book at us. Illegals on the other hand don't have to worry about it. It's like there laws for us citizens to obey and the illegals don't have to bother! This is so screwed up!

Dana 4539 of MA's picture

This current WH occupant is pushing this nation to the brink of collapse. 130,000 illegal children trying to sneak in? All because they know that we, the taxpayer will support them and theirs...smh I'm running out of patience with this administration. This cannot continue much longer, it just cannot.

Janet 2177 of FL's picture

its bad enough the united states has a 3rd world educating system now. why keep letting illegals in when the schools have to accomidate the illegal kids that can not understand or read english. why keep letting our kids suffer because of illegals invading. it is not fair to the people that is from the united states and not fair to the legal immigrants that had to pay to bring their familys to the united states. it seems our messed up govt has their prioritys messed up. fix it and enforece the laws we have or come voting time you all in office now can and will lose the jobs you hold down for the american people. remember we the people are the govt. we vote them in to do a job for us and they get dang good pay. way to much pay

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