Posted: Jul 8, 2014 4:30 PM
Updated: Jul 8, 2014 5:06 PM
WESLACO - President Obama is nearly doubling the amount of money he's requesting from Congress to help in the humanitarian crisis caused by the surge in illegal immigration.
The request for $3.7 billion in emergency funding comes as the president travels to Texas on a fund-raising trip. Obama agreed to meet with Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday in Dallas to talk about the crisis, but refused to travel to South Texas.
A large part of the proposed border budget would go to caring for the unaccompanied children.
U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville) spoke about some of the steps he would like to see taken.
"We have to set up the legal infrastructure so that we can process these people in an efficient requirement, but also in a way that is going to comply with the due process requirements," Vela said.
Lawmakers are demanding to know how the administration plans to spend the money, while government agencies are waiting approval of those funds.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo) said the money would be allocated as follows:
Some of the money also would be used on media campaigns in Central America to deter migration to the United States and to repatriate illegal immigrants back in their home countries.