Reaction to Senator Mikulski’s Emergency Supplemental Funding Bill
July 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, released a draft of a bill that would address the humanitarian crisis on the border.
The Emergency Supplemental Funding Bill would set aside $2.7 billion to fund more immigration judges, legal representation for children, efforts to address the root causes of migration from Central America, and the Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to care for the unaccompanied children.
After the release of the draft, Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum, made the following statement:
“Senator Mikulski’s draft bill is a strong first step in the right direction. It’s a clean supplemental bill that must inspire action from Congress immediately.
“The bill tackles the crisis from all directions, as it should. It would address the root causes, provide more money to the Department of Justice to better respond to the crisis, and help the Department of Health and Human Services provide adequate care for unaccompanied children.
“It is worrisome that hundreds of millions of dollars would be set aside for additional detention of families. But overall, this is an actionable bill that would provide immediate solutions.”