National Immigration Forum

Practical Solutions for Immigrants and America


President’s Budget Request Addresses Migrant Children and Families

July 08, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today the president sent Congress a $3.7 billion supplemental budget request to respond to children and families who have entered the United States.

Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, responded to the request with the following statement:

“This request comes not a moment too soon. Clearly the administration understands that we must create a process to respond to children and families crossing the border. That said, the devil will be in the details.

“We appreciate that the president’s request acknowledges the need for due process and a humane response. Adequate funding is necessary for immigration judges, legal representation for children and legal orientation programs, as well as for the Department of Health and Human Services to care for and process children more effectively.

“We are concerned that a large portion of the request could be used to expand detention. We urge the administration and Congress to choose alternatives to detention whenever possible. They are effective. Additional, costly detention beds for nonviolent children and families is not the answer.

“Now it is up to Congress to partner with the administration, address this urgent situation and continue the conversation. We need real, bipartisan, long-term solutions to our broken immigration system that extend well beyond the next 15 months.”

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