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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:

  • - More than $1 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement. They plan to use the money for transportation, detention and removal of unaccompanied immigrant children.
  • $1.8 billion would go to the Department of Health and Human Services. The money would be used for the temporary housing and care of unaccompanied kids.
  • The Department of Justice would get more than $45 million to hire 40 more immigration judges.
  • The Department of Homeland Security would get $29 million to build up a border security task force and $39 million to increase air surveillance.

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.

Topics: border, rio grande, valley, immigration, filemon vela, obama administration, white house, washington, henry cuellar, rick perry, central america illegal, immigration

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