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.