Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Global Impact: Why Is It That a Problem President Obama Created Requires Taxpayer Funding?

According to The Latin American Tribune, President Barack Obama on Tuesday (July 8) asked Congress for $3.7 billion more to deal with the humanitarian crisis created by the massive arrival of undocumented Central American children on the US southern border.

The funds will be used to broaden the resources available at the centers where the minors are being housed, to send more immigration judges to the border and to increase security efforts in México and Central America.

The funds include $1.5 billion for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), $1.8 billion for Health and Human Services (HHS), $300 million for the US State Department (DOS) and $64 million for the Justice Department (DOJ).

The DHS appropriation includes $1.1 billion to accelerate the deportation of the adults who in some cases accompany the immigrant children, create “alternatives to detention” for the minors and increase the presence of US-vetted border-guard units in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Regarding the $1.8 billion for HHS, which is tasked with housing foreign children in detention centers, these funds will be used to increase the resources and facilities to provide for the kids.

COMMENT:  From the time I was a young boy I remember my parents telling me repeatedly that there are boundaries in all aspects of life and that deviating from such boundaries almost invariably brings with them CONSEQUENCES.

So...getting back to is my understanding that the federal government knew as long as a year ago that these unaccompanied children would be flown to the US border and were essentially dropped off, creating a crisis that the Obama Administration created on its own volition.

It seems that the first order of business is to determine who actually caused tens of thousands of unaccompanied children to be flown and dropped off on the doorsteps of border states before any discussions about the merit of a $3.7 billion supplemental request from the Obama Administration.

So...I again ask: Why should US taxpayers pay for a problem created by the executive branch?

The request is being sent in the form of an emergency supplementary spending bill for fiscal year 2014, and the White House is confident it will receive bipartisan support for its approval.

A spokesman for Boehner, Michael Steel, told reporters that the House Appropriations Committee and the working group on the border crisis will review the White House proposal.

“The Speaker still supports deploying the National Guard to provide humanitarian support in the affected areas, which the President's proposal does not address,” Steel said.