Border Patrol Wants $134.5 Million For Anticipated “Future Influx” Of Illegal Alien Children
Via CNS News:
(CNSNews.com) – U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) included $134.5 million in “contingency” funding in its budget request for Fiscal Year 2016 to care for a “future influx” of up to 104,000 unaccompanied alien children, or “UCs,” who may cross the border into the United States illegally next year.
CBP Commissioner Richard Gil Kerlikowske defended the request during a hearing before the House Appropriations’ Homeland Security Subcommittee on Thursday as providing “additional resources” for CBP in the event of another flood of illegal aliens, which he warned could be coming.
“The budget request provides baseline funding for the care and custody of 58,000 UCs and takes steps to better prepare the Department for a future influx of UCs through a contingency fund which will provide up to $134.5 million to provide the necessary support activities required to apprehend and maintain the health and safety for up to 104,000 UCs once specific threshold levels are met,” CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske said in his written statement to the subcommittee.
“Without this increase in funding, CBP will not have the flexibility to adequately respond to a significant surge of UCs in FY 2016,” Kerlikowske added in the statement.
During the hearing, Subcommittee Ranking Member Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Calif.) asked Kerlikowske if CBP was fully prepared for another influx of unaccompanied minors in the near future.
“CBP was challenged last summer in managing the influx of unaccompanied children across the southwest border,” she said. “Are you satisfied that CBP is fully prepared to deal with a repeat of last summer’s influx, were it to occur, including addressing or being able to address the full range of needs of these children?” More