White House asks Congress for $4.5 billion in emergency spending for border

Saturday, 04 May, 2019

The Trump administration on Wednesday asked Congress for an additional $4.5 billion in emergency funds for the U.S. -Mexico border as the administration contends with a surge of Central American migrant families, with the bulk of the money for shelter and care. Democratic lawmakers have long opposed the president's immigration agenda, and resistance to funding border wall construction led to the longest government shutdown in USA history. The agencies also say that they can search and seize devices for the objective of compiling "risk assessments" or to advance pre-existing investigations.

"This is part of a larger investigative process. There's three things they could do right now that they're not doing", the former acting ICE director continued.

Rapid DNA company ANDE will be the vendor, the official added.

The announcement comes as DHS official also consider options for increasing family detention times.

"We will continue fighting the administration's use of mass incarceration as a weapon to punish migrants", Realmuto said.

In preparation for a lawsuit the ACLU is bringing against the federal government, U.S. officials from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had an under-oath chat with the ACLU about how exactly they search electronic devices at the border when they don't have a warrant or "suspicion". From those investigations, 45 individuals were referred for prosecution and attorneys filed charges against 33, officials said.

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said he supports the use of DNA testing as a means of preventing child abuse.

The DNA tests will focus on identifying parent-child relationships, not other familial links like uncle-child. "Even if the cost is great, in order to protect these children, I think the cost is well worth it", he said.

It also includes $1.1 billion for border operations like additional personnel and detention beds.

In April, DHS sent teams with experience in detecting smuggling and trafficking - including document analysts and victim assistance specialists - to Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. They say these searches violated their clients' constitutional rights and all information obtained in the searches should be erased from databases because ICE and CBP share that information with other agencies without their permission.

"Given the scale of what we are facing, we will exhaust our resources before the end of this fiscal year", he told a House appropriations subcommittee.

An unprecedented number of Central American families and unaccompanied minors have been reaching the U.S. -Mexico border, stretching law enforcement's resources past the breaking point.

Border apprehensions have continued to increase.

The number of families and children arriving alone to the border is outpacing the number of single adults, and their needs are much different.

What we learned is alarming, and we're now back in court with this new evidence asking the judge to skip trial altogether and rule for our clients. In February and March, U.S. authorities apprehended more people at the border than they have in a decade, with a majority of them asylum seekers and families from the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.