AILA Doc No. 14072947 | Dated July 29, 2014
On 7/23/14 Senate Appropriations Committee chair Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) introduced legislation to address the humanitarian crisis on the Southwestern border. The proposal is one billion dollars less than the President's original request of $3.7 billion. There is some good news in this proposal that was not included in the President’s request: increases funding for direct legal representation services for children to $50 million (three times the President's request), doubles legal orientation programs funding (to $5 million), and provides $61.2 million for new immigration judge teams ($22.5 million more than the president's request). Unfortunately, there’s also bad news, the proposal includes $586 million for family detention, prosecution and removals.
On 7/29/14 House Appropriation Committee chair Representative Hal Rogers (R-KY) introduced legislation, H.R. 5230, to address the humanitarian crisis on the Southwestern border. The proposals contains a total of $659 million, with the majority of that funding ($462 million) going towards border security, enforcement of immigration and customs laws and illegal immigration prevention. A much smaller percentage ($197 million) will go to the Department of Health and Human Services to provide housing and humanitarian assistance to the unaccompanied children.
Most importantly, unlike the Senate appropriations legislation, the House bill contains four major policy changes to current law (from Rep. Rodgers summary of the bill):
Cite as AILA Doc. No. 14072947.