The Obama Administration says it'll soon run out of money to deal with the crisis of children at the border unless lawmakers act quickly.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson heads to the border today. He'll be visiting a New Mexico detention center and meeting Texas officials after his two-day trip to Guatemala.
In Washington on Thursday, Johnson said that as many as 90,000 unaccompanied children could cross the border by September. Without the additional funds for the surge of undocumented migrants entering the country, he said – at the rate of current spending -- U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will run out of funding by next month and that Customs and Border Protection would soon follow.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell also testified, calling the issue “an urgent humanitarian situation that calls for a robust response.”
Lawmakers are working a deal to grant President Obama's $3.7 billion emergency request in exchange for allowing the government more flexibility to quickly deport children from Central America, and possibly put ankle bracelets on some immigrants here to ensure they show up for court.
Some lawmakers – particularly Republicans – say they're worried that the $3.7 billion aid package proposed by the White House would not address the root causes of the influx of the undocumented immigrants.