The Biden administration is asking for $1.2 billion in investments in border infrastructure, as well as immigration care and strengthening border crossings. This proposed expenditure is part of the budget requirement for fiscal year 2022, which begins October 2021.
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In response to questions from the House Appropriations Committee on May 26, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said:The request includes approximately $1.2 billion for border infrastructure improvements, spending money on modernizing land crossings and border security technology, and ensuring safe and humane treatment for border crossings. with immigrants in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody“.
“[Khoản tiền này] It will also support increased efforts to combat smuggling, human trafficking, illegal drugs and weapons, and facilitate tourism and trade.”, Mr. Mayorkas added.
The requested budget package also includes $435 million spent on processing the backlog of asylum and citizenship applications, as well as efforts to support approximately 125,000 new asylum seekers in 2022.
The Biden administration has been dealing with a spike in migrants at the southern border. CBP in April alone encountered more than 178,000 migrants trying to cross the US-Mexico border, including tens of thousands of unaccompanied children.
Republicans and other critics attribute the spike in immigration at the southern border to the Biden administration’s reversal of a series of Trump administration immigration policies, such as the stay-at-home policy. Mexico, as well as stop building the border wall.
Meanwhile, the current US government blames this situation on root causes such as violence and poverty on the rise in Central America and it has been focusing on handling migration through immigration. strengthening detention facilities and releasing immigrants into the United States.
Mayorkas pointed to the “success” of reducing the load on CBP facilities by transferring unaccompanied immigrant children to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) facilities and reuniting them with the sponsor in the US territory. To date, more than 18,000 immigrant children have been transferred to HHS detention facilities across the United States.
Nhu Ngoc (According to The Epoch Times)