Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2019
CONGRESS MUST DO MORE TO ADDRESS THE BORDER CRISIS
“I campaigned on Border Security, which you cannot have without a strong and powerful Wall. Our Southern Border has long been an ‘Open Wound,’ where drugs, criminals (including human traffickers) and illegals would pour into our Country.”– President Donald J. Trump
CRISIS AT THE BORDER: President Trump continues to stress the need to pass legislation that will address the security and humanitarian crises on our Southern Border.
• The United States Southern Border is overwhelmed with illegal immigration, gang violence, crime, drugs, and human trafficking.
• President Trump has requested a modest amount of funding to address these issues while Democrats continue to resist in the name of politics.
• We cannot keep our country safe without adequate funding for Border security, including a physical barrier and increased in funding for law enforcement.
BORDER SECURITY AND HUMANITARIAN PRIORITIES: Any government funding bill must address the crises on our Southern Border. The Administration has requested additional funds —to address these priorities.
• $5.7 billion for construction of a steel barrier on the Southern Border to fund 234 miles of new physical barrier—an increase of $4.1 billion over the Committee bill.
• $675 million to deter and detect narcotics, weapons, and other materials that pose a threat to the United States—an increase of $631 million over the Committee bill.
◦ Will provide Non-Intrusive Inspection technology for all incoming vehicle lanes of traffic at U.S. Southwest Border Land Ports of Entry, as well as necessary canine and other support.
• $211 million to hire 750 additional Border Patrol agents in order to keep our borders safe and secure—an increase of $100 million over the Committee bill.
• $800 million to fund enhanced medical support, transportation, consumable supplies, and additional temporary facilities necessary to ensure the well-being of those taken into custody.
IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT: Congress must fund additional immigration detention beds and law enforcement personnel.
• $571 million for 2,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel to enforce immigration laws, combat gang violence, catch drug smugglers and stop human traffickers.
• $4.2 billion to support 52,000 detention beds, personnel, alternatives to detention, and transportation to address the recent surge in illegal immigration across the Southern Border—an increase of $798 million over the Committee bill.
• At least $563 million for 75 additional Immigration judges and support staff to reduce the backlog of pending immigration cases.
◦ President Trump will work with Congress to facilitate expanded in-country processing of refugee claims.
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