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Republicans in the House have been holding discussions recently on a bill which would give President Obama about half of the $3.7 billion the President requested to deal with the tens of thousands of immigrants who are illegally crossing into Texas, and other border states, in droves.

The problem has been the large numbers of immigrant children who have been finding their way across the border and how the government decides to handle the children.  Currently, many of the 57,000 immigrant children who have made their way into America since October are being housed in government facilities.

Part of the funds would provide the child immigrants with proper housing while the government processed the thousands of children who are, according to Quartz, escaping the violence of their home countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R), told KVUE in Austin, “The humane answer is to stop the pattern of lawlessness, of amnesty, of refusing to secure our border that is causing so many children to be subject to such horrific abuse.”

President Obama made his way to Texas last Wednesday to assess the situation first-hand and to meet with Gov. Rick Perry in Dallas.  The meeting between the two saw the border issue discussed, and the president asked for Gov. Perry’s help in getting the appropriate funds to help fix the problem.  They also discussed solutions to which the president said he agreed with many of the recommendations Gov. Perry laid out.

Another problem which has slowed down the process of what to do with the children is figuring out where they came from and where to send them back to.

Representative Kay Granger (R-TX) said Tuesday, according to Politico, “An average case of someone coming across the border illegally, going through the process that we have, will take between a year and a half or as long as five years… With 57,000 unaccompanied children, that’s just not acceptable.”

Half of the original funds requested would go towards the health agency, which at this time, is in charge of providing housing for the children.

More than half of the public who participated in a poll for the Hill approve of the funds while some 43 percent oppose the funds, or think the price tag is high.

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  • mises87

    “The Obama administration has recently requested a package of $3.7 billion in emergency funding, including “$1.8 billion that would go to the Department of Health and Human Services to provide care for unaccompanied [undocumented immigrant] children and refugees already here.” This request has elicited great opposition and even outrage from the public and members of Congress. Of course, $1.8 billion is a huge amount of money, to be sure, almost enough to pay for a single B-2 bomber. If memory serves me, no such outrage accompanied the back page (if any) news reports of the B-2 program’s cost of $45 billion (through 2004) for a total of 21 planes. But, then, we all understand how vital such whiz-bang killing machines are. Scores of thousands of helpless, desperate children really are no match for such massive largesse poured out ceaselessly by the shipload for the military-industrial complex.”

    -Rober Higgs

    We’re losing focus here people. Mexican immigrants are not our enemies. The state is our enemy. End the FED. End the wars.

    • Stop the tyranny

      End the Fed; good idea! End the Wars; good idea. But even though the immigrants are not our enemies and they are not just from Mexico, we can’t take care of our sick, poor, homeless and vets so how can we take care of these immigrants. There are many countries with wars, abuse, etc., going on but we cannot take care of the world’s problems and all of those living under oppression. I do feel sorry for them but the U.S. is broke. Unless our out of control gov’t would cut down on the Military Industrial Comples which our warmongers in D.C. love and quit giving foreign aid to all the countries most of which hate us then we need to take care of our own first.

  • Debra Oneil

    The Panama Canal cost Americans around $375,000,000, including the $10,000,000 paid to Panama and the $40,000,000 paid to the French company. It was the single most expensive construction project in United States history to that time.
    $639 Million (1914 dollars)
    $14.3 Billion (2007 dollars)

    that moat with crocodiles idea of Obama’s is looking better and better!

  • Sue

    Just stop ALL the damn freebies.