Senate Committee Reaches Agreement on Emergency Border Funds
The Senate Appropriations Committee reached an agreement Tuesday on a $4.6 billion funding package to address the influx of migrants at the southern border.
It earmarks nearly $3 billion dollars for the Office of Refugee Resettlement.
Administration officials told lawmakers that department would run out of money within weeks without emergency money.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hopes to put the bill on the Senate floor by the end of next week.
And this comes just one day after President Trump vowed to ramp up deportations in the U.S. beginning as early as next week.
In a tweet from the president earlier this week, he said “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the united states. They will be removed as fast as they come in.”
Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in. Mexico, using their strong immigration laws, is doing a very good job of stopping people…….
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2019
Just last month officials said they caught more than 144,000 migrants at the southern border.
It’s estimated there are more than 10 million undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S.
But a former Department of Homeland Security official says federal agencies don’t have the resources for mass deportations.
So far the White House has not offered any specifics about the planned immigrant roundup.